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The Rock Reveals Iconic Reaction After Being Warned Playing Gay Character Would 'Ruin' His Career

The Rock Reveals Iconic Reaction After Being Warned Playing Gay Character Would 'Ruin' His Career
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Recently, Out Magazine’ celebrated their30th anniversary.

Former editor Jeffrey Epstein—a different one!—commented he enjoyed the story “The Rock Goes Gay!” adding Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was “one of the nicest, smartest humans I have ever interviewed.”

Epstein tweeted:

"To celebrate @outmagazine’s 30th anniversary, I pulled out a few of my favorite cover stories I wrote during my time as an editor… (in no particular order)"
"@TheRock / Dwayne Johnson - For the film “Be Cool.” One of the nicest, smartest humans I have ever interviewed."
"Met at a downtown NYC restaurant. Just him. No entourage. A class act."

Johnson tweeted a reponse:

"Jeff, thanks man so much for these very kind words."
"I always say, 'it’s nice to be important, but more important to be nice'."
"I was told back then (by a few influential folks) that playing a gay man would 'ruin my career'."
"I said 'hold my tequila and f*ck off'."
"Nicely of course 😊"

As the movie—the lamentably mediocre Be Cool (2005)—has virtually vanished into pop-culture obscurity, many people were surprised to hear Johnson had been “gay-for-pay,” and he didn’t let naysayers talk him out of the role.

In Be Cool, Johnson plays a gay man wannabe-movie-star who happens to be the bodyguard for the main rival of John Travolta’s lead, a music producer. The film was a sequel to the far more successful film Get Shorty.

Be Cool is not a recommendable film, as evidenced by its trailer, and only cursory attempts are made to offset the many stereotypes Johnson’s and many others' characters embodies.

See for yourself:

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After his tweet, people appreciated Johnson's attitude in the past and now:




Others commented ignoring the advice of Hollywood influencers has served Johnson well in other areas:

Many just took the opportunity to talk about how they felt about Johnson’s character choices, coming from WWE:
Certainly playing a gay character so early in his acting career has not harmed Johnson’s star trajectory.
And, even if the rest of the movie doesn’t need to resurface, Johnson’s performance of a two-part-one-man monologue from Bring It On is worth a watch:

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