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‘There aren’t a lot of guys who look like me’: Dwayne Johnson Sounds Disappointed As He Reveals He Lost Reacher’ Role to Tom Cruise

Dwayne Johnson is one of the biggest stars that Hollywood has ever created today. But back in the year 2012, it wasn’t so. The actor recently came on Instagram for a Q&A session during which he revealed that he lost the role of “Jack Reacher” to Tom Cruise in 2012. The actor was also saddened by the fact since he believed that he was made for this role.

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Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in Hobbs & Shaw (2019).
Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in Hobbs & Shaw (2019).

“I’ve been a lucky son of a b***h,” says Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson, in a Q&A session, answered with how much recognition he had back in 2012 as compared to now. The actor went on to further reveal that he auditioned for the role of the character of Jack Reacher in Jack Reacher (2012). Feeling optimistic, Dwayne Johnson felt that the role would be passed to him only. But when he picked up the phone, the role had been assigned to the Mission Impossible actor Tom Cruise.

Dwayne Johnson in his "Black Adam" costume.
Dwayne Johnson in his “Black Adam” costume.

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“In Hollywood, actors are kind of like in-a-box. Some actors 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,”

The actor further stated that Tom Cruise was the “biggest movie star in the world” at that time and the people around Dwayne Johnson made him feel that he was bound to earn the role but it turned out differently.

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When Dwayne Johnson’s career took off

Dwayne Johnson in and as Hercules (2014).
Dwayne Johnson in and as Hercules (2014).

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Being very popular in WWE, Dwayne Johnson had acted in several films prior to his stardom. Some of the notable films include The Mummy Returns, The Scorpion King, and, Doom. However, when the role of Agent Luke Hobbs was offered to the actor in 2011, people finally began to notice his acting skills. Appearing as agent Luke Hobbs in Fast Five (2011), Dwayne Johnson is shown running around trying to catch Dominic Toretto and his family before they complete a heist.

The actor was glad that he didn’t get the part in Jack Reacher because this allowed him to explore more choices and several alternatives were available for the actor.

“I’m positive that the role of Jack Reacher, because it was an established character, an IP that was well known and beloved around the world, that I wouldn’t have had the creative space to do what I wanted with the character. I look back in gratitude that I didn’t get Jack Reacher,” 

The actor further stated the following about his belief in the mystery of the universe

“The 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,”

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Source: Cinema Express