Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson lost out on the role of Jack Reacher to Tom Cruise.
The 47-year-old actor had originally hoped to star in the 2012 action thriller, but Johnson can understand why Tom was instead handed the titular role, saying he was the "biggest movie star in the world" at the time.
Asked on Instagram if he's ever lost out on a part to another actor, he shared: "In Hollywood, actors are kind of like in-a-box. There are actors that can vie for a particular role because it allows for them to have a certain look, skin color, size, etc.
"Fortunately, for me, there aren't a lot of guys at all who look like me. So, all of my roles, from the beginning of my career, I've been a lucky son of a b***h that they've been created and designed for me — except Jack Reacher. (sic)"
Johnson subsequently admitted that his profile and reputation didn't compare with that of Cruise's at the time.
The wrestler-turned-actor told his followers: "Now, this was 10 years ago, and I was in a much different place, I recognize that. Tom was the biggest movie star in the world, and I was not. I got the call saying 'Hey, you didn't get the role' Look, I didn't even know if I had a shot for it, but the people around me at that time made me think that I did. I felt like I did, I felt like 'Why not me?' (sic)"
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Was there a movie role I really wanted, but lost to another actor? Yup. The role was Jack Reacher. The actor was Tom Cruise. Business is business and I’m happy he got it. Universe works in funny ways though, as when that door shut on me, another door opened with the opportunity to create a character from scratch that was of my DNA. The one and only bad ass, shit talkin’, gravity and reality defying, always winkin’ and having fun OUTLAW LAWMAN KNOWN AS LUKE HOBBS. Let the good times roll 🤠🥃 Thanks for all your great questions and enjoy your holiday weekend. Most importantly, stay healthy my friends. D
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