Dwayne Johnson gives moving speech at MTV Awards: 'The most powerful thing we can be is ourselves'

Actor spoke about how he has overcame several obstacles from the beginning of his Hollywood career

Roisin O'Connor
Tuesday 18 June 2019 05:40
Comments
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson holds up his Generation Award at the MTV Awards 2019
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson holds up his Generation Award at the MTV Awards 2019

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made a moving acceptance speech when he took home the Icon Generation Award at this year’s MTV Movie & TV Awards.

The prize celebrates actors whose contributions to film and television have had a positive impact on society. Past recipients include Reese Witherspoon Sandra Bullock, Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr, Will Smith, Chris Pratt and Jamie Foxx.

The Rock explained how he had strived to achieve professional success in Hollywood despite facing obstacles over his appearance.

Click through the gallery to see the best looks from this year's MTV Awards

The semi-retired professional wrestler is now consistently ranked as one of the highest-paid actors in film, appearing in the Fast and Furious franchise as well as Baywatch, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and as the voice of Maui in Disney's Oscar-nominated animation Moana.

“I thank you, all of you at home. You are the reason I'm getting this,” he began. “I want to share a really quick lesson with you guys, I've learned the most powerful thing we can be is ourselves.

“We are still that little kid just aspiring to be something better, aspiring to be important. When I first got to Hollywood, Hollywood they didn't know what the hell to do with me. I mean I was half black, half Samoan, six-foot-four, 275-pound pro wrestler.

“I was told at that time you've got to be a certain way, you've got to drop some weight, you've got to be somebody different, you've got to stop working out, stop doing the things that I love, you've got to stop calling yourself 'The Rock'. For years I bought into it because you think, 'Oh, that's what I'm supposed to do and I was miserable doing that. I made a choice that I wasn't going to conform to Hollywood, Hollywood was going to conform to me.”

He concluded: “When I was 15, I heard a quote and I'll never forget it, ”It's nice to be important but it's more important to be nice.“

See the full list of MTV Award winners here.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in