A step-by-step guide to becoming a ‘San Andreas’-sized movie star like The Rock

But despite how easy he makes it look, Johnson has been working on his meteoric movie-star rise for some time now. To follow in his (presumably giant) footsteps, just follow these simple steps.
Start a pro-wrestling career early: Johnson was only about 24 when he started his WWE career as The Rock in 1996, and spent about a decade as one of the most popular professional wrestlers of all time. Children of the and’90s could barely walk through an elementary school hallway without seeing his face — with eyebrow raised — emblazoned on overly large T-shirts, or hearing the familiar, elongated call: If you smeeeeeeeeell what the Rock is cooking! (Catchphrases are generally always helpful when attempting to gain popularity.)
Donand’t be afraid to play the villain: Johnson had his first real feature film debut in 2001and’s and”The Mummy Returns,and” playing the Scorpion King. The popularity of his character in that film — despite meeting a (14-years-late spoiler alert) violent end — turned into a solo movie for the man still billed in credits as The Rock. (It wouldnand’t be until 2006 that his stage name turned into nicknameable quotation marks — Dwayne and”The Rockand” Johnson — before being dropped entirely.) and”The Scorpion Kingand” opened at No. 1 at the box office in 2002, earning $165.3 million worldwide on a $60 million budget.
Be so popular on and”Saturday Night Liveand” that you have your own recurring character: The Rock has hosted the famed late-night comedy show four times — in 2000, 2002, 2009 and this year — to great acclaim. His latest stint, in March, earned him an and”Aand” rating in the A.V. Cluband’s review, a rare occurrence. It also saw the reappearance of The Rock Obama, Johnsonand’s timely iteration of the presidentand’s alter ego who is, in the characterand’s own words, and”much like Barack Obama, only larger and, uh, more violent.and” If you canand’t be just a movie star, you might as well do topical political impersonations.
Always be game: No doubt youand’ve seen Johnson bopping around to Taylor Swiftand’s infectious and”Shake It Offand” on the sugary-sweet, celebrity-ridden and”Lip Sync Battle.and” But lest you forget, that wasnand’t his first foray into the world of pop stardom. In 2007, The Rock starred as himself on an episode of the Disney Channeland’s Miley Cyrus vehicle, and”Hannah Montana.and” The cameo saw him in a full face of makeup complete with a blond wig and curlers as he received a mani-pedi from a disguised Montana and crew — obviously. Despite a career ripping up bad guys (or playing them himself), Johnson has never been afraid of family fare, probably in large part because he has a young daughter. He has been in and”Cory in the House,and” and”Tooth Fairyand” and and”Journey 2: The Mysterious Islandand” without anyone batting an eye.
Stay busy: The Rockand’s latest film, and”San Andreas,and” hit box-office gold this past weekend with a $53.2 million debut. The disaster movie is the starand’s first true headlining, non-franchise film, which seems to prove that he is not only usually one of the best parts of each movie heand’s in, but that he can carry a movie on his own. (Even though Washington Post critic Michael Oand’Sullivan wasnand’t a fan of the earthquake-ridden film, he still refers to Johnson as a reliable and”force of cinematic nature and rock-ribbed charisma.and”) The beefy actor has spent much of the month prepping for the start of his new HBO show, and”Ballersand” (of which he is executive producer and star). Taking over film is simply not enough for this man. Watch out, premium cable — youand’re next.
Be amazing at social media (and humble while youand’re at it): Itand’s not hard to keep track of Johnson as his Instagram and Twitter accounts essentially provide a live feed of his whereabouts. Alongside videos of him greeting screaming fans are documentation of epic workouts and selfies of his impressive musculature. But despite his preening, every measure of success is generally modified with a modest and”itand’s all because of youand” clause for his followers and shoutouts to the and”execs and employees — on every leveland” who helped in the various filmmaking processes. This is a guy who still gets unjaded happiness out of a letter from Steven Spielberg while simultaneously posting pictures of his mother crying in happiness on Motherand’s Day.
Fans clamor for The Rock for any number of reasons, but his strong loyalty and familiarity with them is certainly among the factors. (Not many other celebrities would hop out of a car to greet them. Or officiate at their wedding.) (c) The Washington Post 2015

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman