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From Sexiest Man Alive to most powerful American? Sure, says ‘Young Rock’

Does Dwayne Johnson’s new show hint at his personal presidential aspirations?

Vianne Venter

Dwayne Johnson might be the nicest guy ever to beat people up for a living. With his cocksure charm, killer smile and willingness to be the butt of the joke, the wrestling phenomenon known as The Rock is the consummate showman.

But even the world’s biggest star started out small. Johnson’s latest TV offering, Young Rock, now on Showmax, is a sitcom based on his own life. The 11-part first season goes back to Dwayne’s roots as a 10-year-old in Hawaii, his high school years in Pennsylvania and his university years in Miami, all within the (as yet) fictional framework of the actor and former pro wrestler running as a candidate in the 2032 US presidential election.

Already renewed for a second season, the series has a 90% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus says: “Anchored by a winsome ensemble, Young Rock is an endearing peek behind the curtain of both Dwayne Johnson’s childhood and the wild world of wrestling.” The series is at #32 on Rotten Tomatoes’s list of the Best TV Shows of 2021 So Far...

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