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Dwayne Johnson Recalls Complicated Relationship With His Dad

In the runup to his new comedy Young Rock, Dwayne Johnson spoke about the complicated relationship [1] he had with his dad, WWE legend Rocky Johnson. In a recent interview, Dwayne admitted his relationship with his dad was not always easy.

Dwayne Johnson Admits He Had Complicated Relationship With His Dad

Dwayne Johnson reveals complicated relationship with his dad

When speaking about his father during the interview, The Rock recalled the hard life [2] his father had. He also admitted that this shaped his father’s character.

“Growing up, and you know we specifically went with these timelines in my life that were very defining times at 10 years old, 15 and 18. There’s a lot of things in between those years that took place. But it was complicated and the relationship that I had with my dad was incredibly complicated — that was fueled by tough love,”

“My dad was kicked out of his house at 13 and he was homeless, so that then shaped the man who then raised me.”

The Rock also recalled [3] that he travelled a lot as a child. In fact, he admits to living in more than 13 different states before the age of 13.

Rocky Johnson Died Before Release Of Dwayne’s New Show

The Rock and Rocky Johnson

The new comedy called Young Rock takes a more lighthearted approach to Rock’s life. And of course, this includes featuring Rock’s dad in a whole different [4] way.

Unfortunately, Rocky Johnson [9] died before the release of the show. However, Dwayne believes his dad would have loved it.

“He would have loved this, he would have loved this and he would have been so proud. Because for the first time certainly in prime time, we are showcasing this world. That he and all of his brothers of the rings, so to speak, of those men in the ’70s and the ’80s that they gave their life to.”

The Rock also states that the who is trying to look at the world of pro wrestling in a positive way.

“And, you know, to showcase it like this. And to showcase it through the lens of something that’s positive and know what  it meant to my dad. Because a lot of times the world of pro wrestling isn’t always looked at through that lens in a positive way.”

Finally, Dwayne admits that the series gave him something special. It gave him the opportunity to appreciate the hard times.

When Does Young Rock Release

Young Rock

Young Rock will make its debut on NBC on February 16th. Several actors have been cast to play Dwayne Johnson for different times in his life. 

Take a look a the trailer:

Cast as Dwayne Johnson are Adrian Groulx, Bradley Constant, and Uli Latukefu. Rocky Johnson will be played by Joseph Lee Anderson.

Dwayne Johnson had nothing but high praise for Joseph’s portrayal of his father. Of course, since this is quite a comedic approach, we are quite curious about the end result.

Fans have been very positive about the trailers that have been released for Young Rock. Of course, as the material is limited, this might only be a one off for NBC.