It might surprise you, but Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wasn’t always the most bankable action star in the world.
There was a time when the pro-wrestler-turned-actor was trying to stay afloat doing sequels to bad franchises and playing the lead in straight-to-DVD movies.
Looking at Johnson’s filmography over the last 17 years is a testament to his hard work to elevate from playing the tough guy, and being known mainly for his WWE persona, into a worldwide movie star.
With his latest blockbuster in theaters, “Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw,” we look back on all his movies (even the ones where he makes cameos) and rank them from worst to best.
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39. “Jem and the Holograms” (2015)
Yes, The Rock is in “Jem and the Holograms.” The disastrous movie has a scene where big names like Chris Pratt and Alicia Keys say how much they love the band and Johnson is among them. Either he was doing this as a favor or someone involved with the movie really has something on The Rock.
38. “Longshot” (2001)
Yeah, we’ve never heard of this movie, either. But Johnson is in it for a split second playing a mugger. It was never released theatrically in the US, instead finding a home on the Disney Channel and DVD hoping to attract fans of Britney Spears and NSYNC, who also make cameos.
37. “Why Did I Get Married Too?” (2010)
Johnson has another blink-and-you’ll-miss-him cameo is this Tyler Perry movie. Johnson shows up at the very end of the movie as a dashing philanthropist who introduces himself to Janet Jackson’s character. The movie ends implying that sparks may be flying between the two. At this point in his career, Johnson was desperately trying to show Hollywood he could play more than just the tough guy.
36. “You Again” (2010)
This forgettable comedy also sports a Johnson cameo. In this one, he plays an air marshal who has to calm down a frantic Kristen Bell. If anything, it shows Johnson’s ability to hold his own doing some comedic work.
35. “Empire State” (2013)
Right when Johnson was kicking it into high gear in his movie career with the release of “Fast & Furious 6” in May of 2013, Lionsgate put out its The Rock movie four months later — straight to DVD. Starring alongside Emma Roberts and Liam Hemsworth, Johnson plays an NYPD detective trying to stop a heist being planned by Hemsworth’s character. It’s really not worth your time.
34. “The Scorpion King” (2002)
This one isn’t worth your time either. Johnson reprises his role as The Scorpion King from “The Mummy Returns” for this standalone movie. Though it scored number one at the box office its opening weekend, the movie is so forgettable Johnson even didn’t come back for the sequel, which was recast and released on DVD (a third movie went straight-to-DVD, too).
33. “Planet 51” (2009)
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Source:: Business Insider