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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson on America: ‘I Love Our Country to My Core’

Photo via The Rock Instagram

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson on America: ‘I Love Our Country to My Core’

By Movieguide® Staff

Actor and former WWE wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson recently discussed why he loves America.

“I love our country to my core and I’m endlessly grateful for the opportunities I’ve had here, as a half-Black, half-Samoan kid being able to work my [expletive] off knowing tenacity opens doors,” the 49-year-old actor told PEOPLE. “In a lot of ways, I’m indebted to our great country for it.”

He continued, “I know I sound like a broken record, but I’m a lucky guy to be in the position I’m in. Around every corner, if there’s something that I can do to create an opportunity for somebody to work, take care of their own family, live their dream – that’s the kind of stuff that matters.”

Johnson is set to star in the upcoming adventure movie JUNGLE CRUISE, which premieres in theaters and on Disney+ on July 30.

Any project “just has to align with my personal beliefs,” Johnson said. “What’s most important is if I feel like the people will enjoy it and they’re going to get some benefit out of it.”

Movieguide® previously reported:

Johnson announced the news on his Instagram hours before Disney’s earnings call on May 13.

“On JULY 30 JUNGLE CRUISE hits theaters AND your homes worldwide,” Johnson wrote on his Instagram. “It’s a pleasure to say WE’RE BACK IN THEATERS! And it’s a pleasure to say, WE WILL ALSO COME TO YOU! Join my ace Emily Blunt (the female Indiana Jones) and myself on THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME as our DISNEY’s JUNGLE CRUISE hits theaters and your living rooms ON THE SAME DAY – JULY 30.”

He continued: “The most important thing with our movie was to ALWAYS take care of families around the world by giving you options to watch it. Audience first. Let’s own our 2021 comeback as we get back into the swing of life – ALL ABOARD!! #JUNGLECRUISE #Disney. In theaters AND in your living rooms on Disney+ Premiere Access on JULY 30!!! And a big @teremana toast of gratitude from deep in my bones to a 20 year career dream come true.”

Johnson will star alongside actress Emily Blunt, whose recent projects include A QUIET PLACE PART II and MARY POPPINS RETURNS.

Johnson previously appeared in the Movieguide® Award-nominated movie SKYSCRAPER.