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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson reflects on move that catapulted him to stardom: 'Hell of a risk'
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson launches tequila brand
Dwayne Johnson follows the celebrity liquor trend by distilling and branding his own tequila. FOX Business’ Deirdre Bolton with more.
Before Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson became the world’s highest-paid actor, he was making $40 a match wrestling at flea markets and state fairs.
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“At that time I was 24 or 25-years-old, I infamously had $7 in my pocket many moons before the life I have now. I used to throw around 300-pound men for a living. To be honest, in terms of wealth or financial management, at that time I just didn’t want to be broke, and that was my only thing,” Johnson told FOX Business in a Zoom interview.
“I always look back on that time early on in my career very fondly when I was making no money. How did I make ends meet? It wasn’t easy. I spent a lot of time at Waffle House. That’s where I would eat two or three times a day. I truly look back at that time with great reverence because that helped shape this ideology of a dollar,” Johnson says.
Johnson topped Forbes' list of highest-paid actors for the second year in a row in 2020, earning $87.5 million, including $23.5 million alone for his role in the upcoming Netflix comedy thriller “Red Notice” alongside Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot.
Off the big screen, Johnson runs Seven Bucks productions, named after the $7 he once had to his name back in the '90s. Under Seven Bucks, Johnson has produced films like Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” and Disney’s “Jungle Cruise.”