*Dwayne Johnson has graduated from WWE Superstar to Hollywood’s most bankable star.
We’ll probably never fully know, but here are their immediate thoughts.
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Here’s what Vin Diesel posted to his Instagram page:
“Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace.”
“All my strength, love & faith to the Walker family during this heartbreaking time,” Johnson tweeted. “We find our strength … in his light. Love you brother.”
Tyrese took to Instagram to share this message:
“My heart is hurting so bad. No one can make me believe this is real. Father God, I pray that you send clarity over this because I just don’t understand. My heart hurts. It’s broken. No one can convince me that this is real.”
Tyrese also appealed for prayer for Walker’s daughter and his family.
Rapper/actor Ludacris who also starred with Walker in the racing franchise added this rhyming caption via Instagram:
“Your humble spirit was felt from the start, wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark, we were like brothers and our birthdays are only 1 day apart, now You will forever hold a place in all of our hearts @paulwalker legacy will live on forever. R.I.P.”
It’s being reported that filming was currently underway for “Fast 7,” with Walker of course reprising his role as Brian O’Conner. It’ll be interesting to see how the studio, Universal, moves forward with the project
As we reported earlier, Paul Walker was killed in a fiery car crash after leaving a charity event Saturday afternoon. Walker was the passenger in the vehicle, and both he and the driver were killed after the car lost control and crashed.
*Forbes magazine has released its annual list of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood.
Wrestler turned actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has made quite the name for himself in the film industry. Starring in recent films “GI Joe: Retaliation” and “Fast & Furious 6,” The Rock has earned a total of $46 million this year, placing him at #5 on the list.
Denzel Washington’s film “Safe House” took in $126 million at the box office last year. But the actor is still racking in profits from a back end deal made on the movie “Flight” which earned Washington $31 million this year. Washington is at #9 on Forbes list but the year is far from over for the star as his action flick “2 Guns,” co-starring Mark Whalberg opens August 2nd.
*In the premiere episode of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s new TNT reality show “The Hero,” challenges include scaling the face of Panama City’s 837-foot-tall Towerbank Financial Center and having to crawl through a dark maze populated with tarantulas — inside the former bunker of Gen. Manuel Noriega.
So what is the point of it all? Although the contestants are competing in extreme-sports type challenges, they are ultimately being tested on their morals. The last man or woman standing with the most integrity, according to viewer votes, will win the title and a possible $1 million prize.
“There’s a lot of ordinary, if you will, people out there who are going to be put in positions to do extraordinary things and to find the hero within,” Johnson told us in January. “It sounds like a tagline, but these individuals are going to do something special.”
The nine players face off in two challenges per week — a team challenge and a hero challenge, the latter performed by one contestant chosen by his or her peers. If the team is successful, time is added to the hero challenge, and $10,000 is given to the American Red Cross. The “hero” then attempts to win money for the team’s collective pot, but also has the option to keep the money for himself or herself.
At the end of “The Hero’s” eight-week run, viewers will pick one winner to receive all of the money in the team pot.
Contestants include pro wrestler Shaun, LAPD officer Charles, personal trainer Lydia, former NFL cheerleader Athena, scale technician Darnell and salon assistant Patty, a self-described serial crier.
“Contestants on the show are going to represent everybody from our culture, everybody from around the world, all different colors, ages, men, women, older, younger, from different backgrounds,” said Johnson.
Below, The Rock talks more about the morality part of the show.
“The Hero” premieres Thursday at 8 p.m. on TNT. Watch the first five minutes of the season premiere below.
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EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE
Grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear. – Zora Neale Hurston
May 2: Singer Angela Bofill is 59. Wrestler-actor Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) is 41.
May 2, 1920: First game of the National Negro Baseball League is played in Indianapolis. (Source: www.BlackFacts.com)
*Sporting a Superman shirt, “Pain & Gain” star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tweeted a photo of himself in his hospital bed after having emergency surgery Monday to fix torn abductor and abdomen muscles suffered during his WWE Champion title fight against winner John Cena.
“Surgery a success! Dr. repaired 3 hernial tears (fun pain). Superman is on the mend,” Johnson wrote.
The April 7th match was watched by 80,000 people at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
The operation caused Johnson, 40, to miss the “Pain & Gain” premiere in Los Angeles where director Michael Bay issued his well-wishes from the red carpet.
“Dwayne’s hurt tonight. He was pushing it too hard. [He] needs to grow up and stop wrestling 300-pound men,” Bay joked to E! News.
Johnson had announced the trip to the hospital to his fans on Sunday with typical “Rock” aplomb. “Saw my Dr. who had to push my intestines back through the tear in my abdomen. Kinda romantic. #Bringiton,” he wrote.