I first became aware of Dwayne Johnson when my then 8-year-old nephew started going around screaming, “Can you smell what the Rock is cooking?” I didn’t understand it until he showed me Dwayne’s wrestling videos. I was quickly hooked.
We eventually worked together on our movie The Rundown as he was pivoting to acting, and I was immediately struck by his work ethic. As his 100 million followers on social media know, this guy is up every day at 4 a.m. and hardly ever goes to sleep. On top of that, he has the kind of open and engaged personality that genuinely makes people feel really good when he’s around.
Unlike other action heroes, Dwayne is willing to laugh at himself, and that’s made him one of the most vital pieces of the blockbuster Fast & Furious movies—among too many others to count. He has proved to be that rare combination of likable, creative and talented—but he’s also a solid businessman.
My master plan: Dwayne becomes the governor of Florida in eight years and the President in 12, and he’s the best President we’ve had since Ronald Reagan.
Berg is an actor, director and producer