I spent quite a few hours Saturday looking at that big Johnson. Dwayne Johnson, the pro wrestling star formerly known as The Rock, stars on the HBO series, BALLERS. He's very good on it -- and that is no surprise to me. On the series, he plays a retired NFL star now working as a classy financial manager who's often a wrangler/male nanny to pro athletes in Miami. This manager has his hands full trying to talk some sense into them. The pro contracts with millions of dollars have gone to their heads while their young, joy-seeking hormones are getting them into expensive trouble. The financial manager's job seems glamorous, but it is not easy.
He is now a very popular movie star and producer. May 2nd is his birthday, Happy 45th, Mr. Johnson.
F. Gary Gray went on to director the critically acclaimed music biopic, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, a Universal film release that was No. 1 at the box office for three consecutive weeks. F. Gary Gray's current Universal film hit, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, recently took the No. 1 spot at the box office for the third straight week. Its box office take has passed $1 billion globally. You read correctly -- billion.
That's a landmark in Black History for an African-American filmmaker. Tell that to NBC/Universal's TODAY Show. The morning news program ignored STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON in 2015, promoting other Universal releases like MINIONS and TRAINWRECK instead with live and taped interview segments.