Why Dwayne Johnson Stopped Going By 'The Rock' For a While

Esequiel Farfan
Julio 11, 2018

In the mid 2000s, when Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson moved from WWE wrestling into a full-time career as a Hollywood star, there was a brief period of time where Johnson dropped his wrestling moniker.

Johnson reacts how you'd expect to react if your mom told the whole world that your slightly lame childhood nickname ("Dewey", the least of the Ducktales triplets) was derived from the flat-out hilariously cute "Dewdrops" (and from there, "doo-doo" and "doo-dee"). Once he began crossing over into films, though, Johnson began to phase out "The Rock", to the point where now you can simply say "Dwayne Johnson", and everybody knows who that is.

Johnson explained why he nixed and subsequently returned to "The Rock" as a nickname in a new interview for Jamie Foxx's Grey Goose-sponsored digital series, "Off Script".

As Entertainment Weekly notes, Johnson dropped "The Rock" from his persona before the release of his 2005 movie "Southland Tales".

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It's one of the many topics Johnson discusses with Foxx - he also reveals his biggest influences (including another big action star, Harrison Ford); when his family had to leave Hawaii and settled in Nashville, Tenn.; and why it's so important to him to be nice to people. He's now occasionally credited as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

"I was exhausted of trying to be something I wasn't", he admitted.

"I reached a point in my career where I was exhausted of trying to be something I wasn't", Johnson said.

Fans can catch Johnson saving the day in Skyscraper, in theaters Friday nationwide.

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