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Dwayne Johnson recalls his childhood dreams of becoming a country star as he breaks down in tears over late father

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson dreamed of becoming a country singer.
The 51-year-old Hollywood star has built a solid career as an actor, businessman and WWE legend, but recalled that his late father
Rocky Johnson – who was a professional wrestler himself but died in 2020 at the age of 75 – introduced him to the Southern genre.
He told ‘Entertainment Tonight’: “By the time I was eight years old, I could sing any Hank Jr. song, a lot of Hank Sr. songs, Merle (Haggard) songs, Johnny Paycheck.
“I was in Nashville when I was 15 years old, we had no money. I was living in a motel, I had this bright idea that I could be a country star.
“I went to Broad Street and started hanging out at these honky-tonks, and I tried to get into Tootsie’s Famous Orchid Lounge.
“Country music connects me to my dad, and I miss my dad, you know? I lost him unexpectedly in 2020, and it was a way we bonded. My dad was a professional wrestler before the big bright lights of WWE. This is why we lived in Texas and Georgia and Tennessee and Florida.”
The ‘Black Adam’ star has now appeared in the music video for country crooner Chris Janson’s latest song ‘Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get’ and hopes the pair can team up again for a show at the Grand Ole Opry in Tennessee in tribute to his father.
He added, “Whenever there’s a moment when we’re on stage at the Opry, it’s so much more than a song. It is a brotherhood, it (also) represents a father-son relationship.
“I’ll just call it here. When we make our Opry debut together, we’ll just call it ‘A Night For Rocky.’