Live: Dwayne Johnson Return To Wrestling & “GI Joe: Retaliation”

Dwayne Johnson: 11-Year-Old Daughter

Dwayne Johnson, aka “The Rock,” received a very warm welcome from the Live! with Kelly & Michael audience. As Michael said, riffing on Dwayne’s signature catchphrase, “they like the way The Rock is looking!”

Dwayne recently won a Kids’ Choice Award for Best Butt-Kicker, so he’s obviously popular with younger fans. Dwayne has an 11-year-old daughter in sixth grade, and right now, he’s “the coolest dad on the planet.” However, he does know that once the teenage years kick in, he won’t be so cool. Michael feels bad for the first kid who tries to take her out on a date!

Live: Dwayne Johnson Return To Wrestling & "GI Joe: Retaliation"

Dwayne Johnson discussed his return to wrestling and his new film GI Joe: Retaliation on Live! with Kelly & Michael. (Jaguar PS / Shutterstock.com)

Dwayne Johnson: Letter To Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood has always been an idol of Dwayne’s, and he shared a story about a recent encounter with the Hollywood legend. Dwayne first saw Clint on the red carpet at the Oscars, but he froze up and didn’t say hello. However, he eventually took a private plane and realized that Clint was its next passenger. Though he didn’t actually get to meet Clint, he did write him a letter. Dwayne thanked Clint for being such a big inspiration to him. The flight attendant later texted Dwayne and let him know that Clint received the letter and loved it. Maybe they’ll be working together someday soon!

Dwayne Johnson: WWE Wrestlemania

Dwayne has now returned to wrestling, a sport that is in his blood; both his father and grandfather were wrestlers for the WWE. Now, the WWE champ will face off with John Cena at Wrestlemania. “It’s the greatest way to give back to a business that I love,” he said.

Dwayne Johnson: Roadblock In “GI Joe: Retaliation”

Dwayne is the star of GI Joe: Retaliation, where he portrays Roadblock. He referred to the role as “a dream come true,” because he used to play with his Roadblock action figure all the time as a child. He admitted that Roadblock and his Princess Leia doll used to dance to ABBA’s “Dancing Queen.”

Dwayne stars with Channing Tatum in the film, whom he loved working with. He joked that they may be planning to star in a “Dirty Dwayne” film together.

Dwayne Johnson: GI Joe Diet and Fitness

Dwayne had to get into great shape to play Roadblock, even though he is always in great shape as a wrestler. For about 12-14 weeks before shooting, however, he employed a very strict diet. He ate several small meals each day, a balance of protein and carbohydrates (sadly, no fat allowed). He also woke up at 4 a.m. each morning to work out. Now that’s dedication!

Later, the audience previewed GI Joe with a clip. However, Dwayne didn’t come to the show empty-handed. Before his segment ended, he gave guest co-host Vanessa Williams a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Michael’s gift was a WWE wrestling belt that he was super excited to receive.

You can catch Dwayne Johnson in GI Joe: Retaliation, opening in theaters Friday, March 29 2013.

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After my childhood dream of achieving Olympic figure skating gold fell through, I moved on to Plan B: become a writer. I've been writing since I can remember, and consider myself lucky to be making a career out of it. I graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2011, and since that time, I have worked as a writer, editor and blogger. Luckily for this site, my love of TV borders on obsession.

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