Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Cooks Up the Inspiration in MTV Movie & TV Awards Speech


He’s been a wrestler and a movie star, but it seems like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson just might want to look into also becoming an inspirational speaker!

On Monday (June 17,) Johnson stepped on the stage at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards to accept his Generation Award. Soon after, he turned out an acceptance speech that was packed with good advice for everyone.

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“It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice,” he recalled during his speech about his favorite all-time quote.

He also touched on the importance of being inclusive and good to people and be compassionate to everyone you meet.

“That’s when you become powerful, that’s when you become intellectual,” said Johnson, who now joins a long list of Generation Award winners including Chris Pratt, Tom Cruise and Sandra Bullock. “That’s when you can have real global influence in a positive way.”

Johnson also took the moment to reflect on a time when no one knew his name.

“When I first got to Hollywood, Hollywood… they didn’t know what the hell to do with me,” he said. “I was this half-black, half-Samoan, 6 foot 4, 275-pound wrestler. I was told at that time, you’ve gotta be a certain way. You’ve gotta drop some weight, you’ve gotta be somebody different, you’ve gotta stop working out, stop doing the things that I love, you’ve gotta stop calling yourself ‘The Rock.”

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Can you imagine a world without ‘The Rock?’

“I was miserable doing that, so I made a choice. The choice was I wasn’t gonna conform to Hollywood, Hollywood was gonna conform to me,” he explained. “What you saw up here tonight, that’s who I am. I’m proudly half-black and half-Samoan, and I wanted to bring those cultures up here for the world to see.”