Athletes: Sporting life to reel life
Professional athletes have been courted by Hollywood. Some athletes successfully make the transition to film, others leave movie sound stages in defeat. Here's a look at some pro athletes brave enough to test Hollywood waters.
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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
This Sporting Life: Johnson, who is of Samoan and African American descent, became a star in the wrestling ring in the mid-'90s as the Rock. He was a nine-time world champion professional wrestler for World Wrestling Entertainment. Among his signature taunts were "the People's Eyebrow," in which he raised his right eyebrow to the crowd or to his opponent.
Reel Life: Though other wrestlers such as Hulk Hogan, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin have made the transition to acting, none of them has had the success of Johnson. Of course, none has his charm and Ready Kilowatt smile. The year 2000 was a breakthrough one for Johnson, as he first appeared in Wyclef Jean's music video "It Doesn't Matter" and then received high comedic marks for his guest stint on "Saturday Night Live."
He played the Scorpion King in 2001's "The Mummy Returns" and then starred in the 2002 sequel "The Scorpion King." Though he still has plenty to learn as a dramatic actor, he had a real ease with comedy in such films as "The Game Plan" and "Get Smart."