Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson recalls Vancouver blessing in disguise

Two days later, I got cut. It turns out failing in Vancouver played a big role. How did Dwayne Johnson become “The Rock,” wrestling legend and one of the most bankable movie stars in the world? In a new Instagram video shot from a balcony high above the city, Johnson reveals that he made his first visit to Vancouver as a 22-year-old player with the Calgary Stampeders. Johnson is in town to shoot Skyscraper, an action film co-starring Canadian Neve Campbell. I was like, ‘Wait no, I gotta play in the NFL eventually,”’ he says. Dreams shattered, I was sent home with seven bucks in my pocket. “You realize that playing in the NFL was the best thing that never happened because it got me here.”
Johnson describes Vancouver as “one of my favourite cities in the world” in his Instagram post. “I’ve dropped my blood and sweat in this city, wrestled multiple matches in this city, shot big movies in this city,” he says. “I was so excited.