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December 6, 2019

Dwayne Johnson Lands the Cover of Wall Street Journal

Newly remarried and appearing in this month’s Jumanji sequel, Dwayne Johnson has become one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars— and an entrepreneur whose strength is never looking like one.

This might come as a shock to his legions of fans, but there are a few things that Dwayne Johnson— box-office superstar, budding Hollywood mogul, entrepreneur, athlete and all-around beacon of positivity—is less than amazing at. Take running. “He can’t run,” says his friend and frequent co-star Kevin Hart. “It’s not attractive at all. But he doesn’t shy away from it. He’s fine with going, ‘So? I’ve done a lot. These legs are tired.’ ”

Or directions. “He drives himself, always,” says Dany Garcia, the co-CEO of Johnson’s many companies and also his ex-wife. As a young wrestler, “he spent so long running around the country— writing down addresses, ‘take a left, take a right’—it took him a beat to finally accept Google Maps. It was our daughter who was finally like, ‘Dad.’ They share locations, and she’d look at her phone and go, ‘Um, he’s very far from where he needs to be.’ ”

Nevertheless, on this fall L.A. morning, Johnson is waiting in a booth at the Hotel Bel-Air, not just on time but early—wearing a bright paisley shirt open to his pecs, bald head and billion-dollar smile glinting in the sun, sipping a fresh cup of French press with the quiet serenity of a guy watching birds on his back porch. The reason for his laid-back vibe? “I’m unemployed, man!” Johnson says. He’s kidding, of course. He might be the most employed man in Hollywood. But his most recent production wrapped in August, and for the first time in forever, Johnson has four months without a major project. “It’s honestly been the best,” he says. “It’s so nice to have this downtime with the family, just taking a breather.” Johnson’s concept of downtime is different from that of most mortals. He’s already produced and starred in one blockbuster this year—the Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw, which has grossed more than $750 million worldwide—and he’s currently gearing up to promote another, the sequel to 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle called Jumanji: The Next Level, co-starring Hart and Jack Black and hitting theaters December 13.

But even when he’s not acting, Johnson is overseeing dozens of other entrepreneurial projects, from the TV shows he pro- duces to his in-house advertising company to his line of apparel with Under Armour to his new tequila, Teremana, which drops early in the new year. “I don’t know how he does it,” says Hart. “The movies he’s back-to-backing are so intense, so time- consuming—to do that plus juggle his TV shows, all his campaigns, his fitness routine, his production company, the people he’s overseeing….” “He’s as busy as a person can possibly be,” agrees Jumanji director Jake Kasdan. “His hours are booked in a very organized and strategic way, so that he’s maximizing the machine all the time.”

To read more of Dwayne’s Wall Street Journal cover feature, click the link here.

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