He’s been named “sexiest man alive” and “world’s highest paid film star” – now Dwayne Johnson can celebrate receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Johnson’s star was dedicated in the category of Motion Pictures and is the 2,624th since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961.
The wrestler-turned-actor sported a sharp black suit and spoke at the unveiling ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard.
“I didn’t want to write anything down. I figured this is such a monumental moment and significant time for me it’s probably best I just speak from the heart and from my gut,” Johnson said.
He told cheering fans the star on the Walk was the result of years of hard work, voicing gratitude for the opportunities he’d been afforded and thanking his friends and family, for whom he said he was “grateful to the core of my bones.”
Johnson, who is promoting his latest film Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, was joined at the ceremony by co-star Jack Black and the chairman of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, Tom Rothman, who paid tribute to the actor.
“Dwayne said he would use me as a bar bell if I didn’t show up,” Rothman joked, before describing his friend as a “global superstar with hundreds of millions of fans and billions of dollars in box office.”
One of the hardest-working stars in Hollywood, Johnson has been in 14 movies in just four years, including previous installments of the “Fast and Furious” franchise, “Hercules,” “Snitch,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” “Empire State,” “Pain and Gain,” and “Moana.” His recent work includes “Baywatch,” “The Fate of The Furious,” “Central Intelligence” and “San Andreas,” as well as the HBO comedy “Ballers.”