Tom Cruise defeated Dwayne Johnson to the role of Jack Reacher
Hollywood star Dwayne Johnson says he had auditioned for the popular character Jack reacher , who lost to the actor Tom Cruise .
He made the revelation during a question-and-answer session on Instagram. Through a seven-minute video, Johnson said he really wanted the role in the 2012 action movie, adding that losing him opened another door for him, reports reported.
Business is business and I'm happy (Cruise) understood it, he said.
The action star said he was confident of getting the role as he believed his physical attributes were perfect for the character, which was created by the author. Lee Child .
"In Hollywood, actors are kind of like in-a-box. There are actors that can vie for a particular role because it allows for them to have a certain look, skin colour, size, etc. Fortunately, for me, there aren't a lot of guys at all who look like me. So, all of my roles, from the beginning of my career, I've been a lucky son that they've been created and designed for me except Jack reacher ," he said.
At the time, Johnson said Cruise was the world's largest movie star.
I got the call saying, 'Hey, you didn't get the role.' Look, I didn't even know if I had a chance, but the people around me at the time made me think yes. I felt like me, I felt like 'Why not me?' , He said.
"I'm positive that the role of Jack reacher , because it was an established character , an IP that was well known and beloved around the world, that I wouldn't have had the creative space to do what I wanted with the character . I look back in gratitude that I didn't get Jack reacher ," he added.
Later, Johnson had the opportunity to rehearse the role of Luke Hobbs in the fifth installment of the 'Fast&Furious' franchise.
However, the universe works in a fun way, like when that door closed on me, another door opened with the opportunity to create a character From scratch it was from my DNA, he said.
Today, Johnson is one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood, and has iconic films, such as 'The Mummy Returns', 'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island', 'Hercules', 'Snitch', 'Moana', renewed 'Jumanji' franchise and 'Fast and Furious Gifts: Hobbs&Shaw' to his credit.