Dwayne Johnson Reveals The Role He Lost Out To Tom Cruise

The Rock lost the Jack Reacher role to Tom Cruise because he wasn't considered a big star then.

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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