The Rock Struggles To Contain His Excitement At Meeting A Childhood Hero

The Rock has been spending time in San Francisco shooting an episode of his HBO series Ballers, according to Wrestle Zone. But filming had to grind to a halt – despite the San Francisco Police Department locking down the streets for the film crew to gain access – because “thousands” of kids were calling out to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

The Rock posted a video to his Instagram account explaining what was going on, flashing his million-dollar smile as he described the kids from “across the city” screaming out “Moana” and “Maui” every time the film crew attempted to begin shooting. While other professionals may have been annoyed at the constant disruptions to their filming schedule, The Rock seemed amused and humbled by the reaction of the kids.

“Luv u kids back!”

And while the San Francisco kids were delighted to see their hero filming the latest episode of Ballers, it seems that even The Rock has his own heroes and fan moments. ET reported that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson shared a photo on his Instagram account of himself with his “hero,” footballer Ronnie Lott.

In the caption to his photo, The Rock noted that Lott was one of his three heroes when he started “playing ball as a teen,” adding that “Ronnie’s book was the first book I ever read as a teen and man did his words inspire me.”

He even noted that he struggled to contain his “teenage like excitement.”

In other news, The Rock has been named the sexiest man alive, according to People magazine. In addition to being the world’s highest-paid actor and one of the biggest influencers in showbiz today, the 44-year-old Central Intelligence actor also snatched the sexiest man alive title.

2016 was a huge year for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who was recently named the highest-paid actor of the year. But 2017 has already started out to be an even bigger year for the iconic actor and former wrestler, as he is attached to at least three projects due to be released this year, including Fast 8, Baywatch, and Jumanji.

But People magazine named The Rock the sexiest man alive, and everyone seems to agree with that decision – look at that stunning smile! It seems like People mag has a thing for former athletes now. While Johnson is a former WWE champ, in 2015 the magazine named former football star David Beckham as the sexiest man alive.

When The Rock first heard that he had been named the sexiest man alive of 2016, his reaction was “That’s awesome!” In his interview with People magazine, the 44-year-old actor admitted that he couldn’t stop thinking about how “cool and exciting it is.”

“And then I thought, ‘Wow, we’ve pretty much reached the pinnacle.’ I’m not quite too sure where we go from here. I’ve done it all, this is it.”

However, just because The Rock is the sexiest man alive – now officially – doesn’t mean it’s been an easy journey for him. In fact, the San Andreas actor admitted that becoming comfortable in his own skin “took a lot of time.”

At 6’5″ and 245 lbs., the former WWE champ grew up in Hawaii as a teen. And The Rock confesses about his wrongdoings when he was a teenager, saying that he got arrested “multiple times.” However, he wasn’t one of those reckless types of get-arrested teens, as the actor insists he was “very respectful” to his teachers and elders.

“I was unsure of who I was and who I wanted to be.”

Right now, The Rock is even thinking about running for U.S. president in 2020, according to Vanity Fair. Now that even former television stars can become presidents, why not have Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the White House?

He has the popularity, he has the influence, he has the money, and he has the wits. That’s pretty much the same set of values Donald Trump started his presidential campaign with. The Rock, who recently did the media rounds while promoting his new film Moana, told Vanity Fair that he wouldn’t “rule out” the possibility of running for president in four years.

“It would be a great opportunity to help people, so it’s possible. This past election shows that anything can happen.”

And The Rock already knows a thing or two about American politics. The Central Intelligence actor spoke at the 2000 Republican National Convention to call on young people to vote, and in 2016 he alluded to the idea that “maybe one day” he would run for president.

And then The Rock shared via his Instagram page that the idea of becoming U.S. president to “create real positive impact and global change” is “very alluring.” Well, for millions of his fans around the world, the idea of The Rock being the president is equally alluring.

In his interview with People magazine, The Rock also revealed who his celebrity crushes are. The 44-year-old Hercules actor named actress Rachel McAdams and singer-turned-actress Jennifer Lopez as his celebrity crushes.

The Rock has been dating girlfriend Lauren Hashian since 2007, and they share a 1-year-old daughter Jasmine, who celebrated her birthday on December 16, 2016. The actor also has a 15-year-old daughter Simone from his marriage with ex-wife Dany Garcia.

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