‘The Rock’ says ‘I wasn’t going to conform to Hollywood’ at MTV Awards
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is precisely an icon.
The performer and expert wrestler took it upon himself to offer a bit of advice upon the world at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards while receiving the Generation Award honor.
Before gracing the spotlight, host Zachary Levi preceded the former University of Miami football star by highlighting a number of his lifetime accomplishments, before presenting a montage of Johnson’s most significant flashes from the big screen and television.
It was then, that Johnson, 47, stepped his way onto the stage – by way of a Samoan vainglory number to Queen’s “We Will Rock You.”
Wearing an olive and gold bomber jacket with pink and light blue animal rhythms, fixed over a clean white T-shirt and burgundy form-fitting slacks and loafers, the “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” star seemed a macho pose before his speech.
“Thank you. Thank you so much. Well first of all, I want to thank the dancers and the choreographers Dave Scott and John Silver. Give it up for them — my boys! Thank you to MTV for this awesome — their really incredible, prestigious award,” Johnson began before yelling out the leading ladies in his life.
“I also want to thank my family at home. My girls — I got a houseful of strong ass women. But mainly, I want to thank the ones who make this whole thing happen. I want to thank you — the people, the fans. I thank you. All of you at home, you are the reason I’m getting this, so I wanna share a really quick lesson with you guys that I’ve learned over the years.”
The previous WWE superstar revived his journey to stardom and the lifelong lessons he’s pulled up along the way.
“The most powerful thing that we can be is ourselves. I love what Zachary was saying because that’s us. We were always that little kid. We’re still that little kid. Right — just aspiring to be something better. Aspiring to be important.”
“When I first got to Hollywood — Hollywood, they didn’t know what the hell to do with me. I mean, I was this half-black, half-Samoan and six foot four, the 275-pound pro wrestler. You know; I was told at that time, ‘Well, you got to be a certain way. You got to drop some weight. You’ve got to be somebody different. You got to stop working out. Stop doing the things that I love. You got to stop calling yourself The Rock.’ What?!”
He continued: “And for years I actually bought into it because you think, ‘Oh, that’s what I’m supposed to do.’ And I was miserable doing that. So I made a choice. And the choice was I wasn’t going to conform to Hollywood, Hollywood was going to conform to me. So, Hollywood confirmed to me and here I am with all of you getting the Generation Award. Holy s—,” Johnson said as the audience erupted.
In Johnson’s speech, the funnyman and producer described the importance of self-love and remaining steadfast, being true to who we are as somebody.
“What you saw here tonight, that’s who I am. I’m contemptuously half-black and half-Samoan and I required to bring those cultures here for the world to see. So yes, it’s significant that you are your most authentic self,” he said referencing the Samoan dance achievement.
“I’m a walking precedent of that, but here’s the thing that I want to share with you guys – that’s not enough. Because there’s a different side to being your trustworthy self, your true self – and that’s the side that the magic is on. That’s the side that’s gold. While yes, it’s significant to be yourself – you’ve got to acknowledge the joy and the responsibility of bringing everybody with you. And you do that by being kind, by being sympathetic, by being inclusive and continuous up just being good to people because of that matters.”
The “Fast and Furious” license staple noted the imperativeness of powerful people utilizing their platforms for positivity before dolling out his final word of direction.
“When I was 15 years old, I tried a quote and I will never forget, and I bring it with me everywhere I go and it’s ingrained in my DNA,” he told. “The quote is this: ‘It’s nice to be powerful, but it’s more remarkable to be nice.’ With that, I love you. I thank you. Drink your tequila. I will see you all under the road.”
The Generation Award rejoices actors supplying to film and television have made significant impressions on society and turned them into household names. Past winners include Jamie Foxx, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pratt, Will Smith, Robert Downey Jr., Sandra Bullock, and Adam Sandler, among many others.