In a relatively short period of time, Dwayne Johnson went from being just another wrestler who was trying to make some extra money as a movie star, to one of the most prolific movie stars on the planet. It looks like all of that hard work has paid off. According to a new report, it looks like The Rock is now the highest paid actor in all of Hollywood for 2016.
According to Forbes, who just published their new Celebrity 100 list for 2016, Johnson made $64.5 million this year, making him the highest paid actor on the list. He came in at number 19 overall, and there were some people, such as his Central Intelligence co-star Kevin Hart, who made some money acting above him on the list. But Johnson was the highest paid person on the list who made the lion's share of his money from movies and TV.
"Rock-solid box office numbers helped the erstwhile wrestler become the world's highest-paid actor. Since helping launch the billion-dollar Fast and Furious franchise and leading 2015's "San Andreas" to a surprising $473 million worldwide, Dwayne Johnson has become Hollywood's go-to action hero."
Johnson has been circling the title of the highest paid actor in the business for a couple of years now, but Robert Downey Jr. had been standing in his way because of his incredible earnings as Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. Because Johnson is so insanely active and engaging with his fans on social media, he got wind of the news and took to his Instagram to share his thoughts on the announcement. Here is what he had to say.
"Receiving news like this will always serve as my anchoring reminder to continue to work even harder. We not only want to "embrace the grind", but take the grind to new levels. I learned a few invaluable lessons a long time ago that can help all of you guys out there succeed at whatever it is you're doing. Greatness is never achieved alone. Surround yourself with hungry, brilliant individuals who not only buy into your philosophy, but who are all willing to work just as hard as you. Power of teamwork. And don't ever forget where you came from. I was evicted at 14yrs old and completely broke by 23. Every day I wake up as if that eviction notice is right around the corner waiting for me.. which is why I always say, "the wolf is always scratchin' at the door". He's scratchin' cause he's hungry and never satisfied. We embrace and respect our past (even if it was f*cked up), but we never let it define our future. Let's stay hungry and chase that greatness. I will now jump in my pick up truck, go to work and figure out whether or not I need psychiatric therapy for this damn wolf that's become my best friend."
Not only has Johnson went on to make boatloads of money from his acting career, but he has also become unbelievably prolific. It feels like every week we are hearing about another high-profile project that he is either going to be starring in, or is in talks for. This year, he starred in the comedy Central Intelligence, the second season of Ballers is set to premiere on HBO this weekend and he will be voicing the main character in Disney's animated feature Moana later this year. Next year he'll be starring in at least three major movies, reprising his role as Hobbs in Fast 8, he is headlining the R-rated Baywatch movie as well as the Jumanji reboot.
Johnson is currently filming Fast 8 and then it looks like he will be moving onto Jumanji. After that, it is very likely he will be jumping into the recently announced Shane Black, Doc Savage movie. He is also attached to star in an adaptation of the video game movie Rampage, a sequel to his surprise hit disaster movie San Andreas, and he is still set to star as Black Adam in Shazam! for Warner Bros. as part of the DC Extended Universe. You can check out Johnson's Instagram post about the news below.