Photo of Dwayne Johnson fanny pack turns into parade float
Dwayne Johnson was immortalized as a Macy’s Parade float – albeit digitally – to promote his new NBC show Young Rock.
The 48-year-old star was pictured in an ad that aired on the cover of the Thanksgiving parade, claiming to show a gigantic version of the notorious photo from the 1990s in which he sports jeans and a fanny pack.
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Young Rock is a biographical series, describing Johnson at many stages of his life as a child growing up in a wrestling family, as well as his athletic career during his teenage years and time in college.
Johnson shared the ad with his 204 million Instagram followers, saying the photo – famous mocked by Kevin Hart – represents “when I only had seven dollars in my fanny pack”.
Young Rock characteristics different actors portraying Johnson at different ages, as well as representations of other famous figures from the wrestling world.
Adrian Groulx will play Johnson at the age of 10, Bradley Constant will play him at 15 and the young adult Johnson – aged 20 – will be played by Uli Latukefu.
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Groulx appears in a selection of images shared by Johnson revealing some of the famous wrestlers who will be in the series.
These include Johnson’s father, Rocky Johnson (Joseph Lee Anderson), as well as Andre the Giant (Matthew Willig), Junkyard Dog (Nate Jackson) and The Iron Sheik (Brett Azar).
Johnson has always talked about his father’s influence on WWE Hall of Famer – who passed away earlier this year at the age of 75 – on his success.
Young Rock will focus on Johnson’s early years, sowing the seeds for what became a near miss in the NFL and, thereafter, one of the most memorable wrestling careers of all time.
He then embarked on the pivot to Hollywood which resulted in him being the highest paid movie star on the planet for several years.
Discuss the transition from the ring to the big screen earlier this year, Johnson said he wanted a career with “a real, long-lasting career that had weight and value.”
He added: “Just because you were a successful professional wrestler doesn’t mean you had to, in uncertain terms, you were going to become a draw or a legitimate movie star. There was no guarantee.
He was also named the Sexiest man in the world by People in 2016, which is probably as important as the money – maybe.
Young Rock is scheduled to air in the United States on NBC in 2021.
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