In the late 1990s, Dwayne Johnson ruled the wrestling ring as the cocky, third-person-speaking “People’s Champion” The Rock. In the early 2000s, he began his crossover into motion pictures. Since then, his filmography has grossed over $3.4 billion worldwide and he’s built a social media fanbase of over 150 million followers. While many find Johnson to be an inspiration (this writer included), it’s interesting to discover that Johnson himself has a personal inspiration that drives him.
That inspiration is Milton McBride Rosen. In a joint short film production with ESPN and Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions, The Rock’s Rock tells the story of Rosen, a young man with Down Syndrome taken in by the bodybuilders of The Body Shoppe gym in Florida. The skinny 15-year-old quickly became one of the gym’s most recognizable figures. Johnson explains how he met Rosen at age 6 and that it was Rosen who inspired Johnson to pursue lifting weights and adopting a fitness routine.
Rosen went on to become a Special Olympian and trained with many famous names in sports and professional wrestling. Rosen also played an important role in helping Johnson’s father, “Soul Man” Rocky Johnson, give up his addiction to alcohol. The short film was shared early Wednesday morning on social media by Johnson, Seven Bucks, ESPN, and is currently available to view on YouTube.
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