Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson gave a shout-out to director Steven Spielberg on Tuesday as he imprinted his hands and feet into the concrete outside the historic TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
The wrestling champion-turned-actor called Spielberg one of his idols and thanked the Oscar-winning director for sending him a congratulatory note "out of the blue."
"This man who has inspired me over the years, inspired movie-making and created characters that I loved, this man told me: 'you're going for it, and just keep going for it,'" he said.
Johnson is set to star in the disaster movie San Andreas, in which he plays a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot who must save his daughter after an earthquake devastates the California coast. The film opens in US theaters on May 29.
Johnson, 43, has become one of Hollywood's most bankable stars, thanks in part to his recurring role in the Fast and Furious franchise. The 43-year-old actor also hinted at the chances of the upcoming sequel being revolved around his character, reported Ace Showbiz.
“Of course. It can’t go on without Hobbs,” he said. When asked about a solo movie focusing on his ­character, he said, “We are all interested in it. I just had a big conversation with the studio. So we’ll see. We’ve created a little bit of space for him in Furious 7 and the gauge is set for what the audience will want. That’s my take on it.”
The eighth installment in the Fast and Furious film franchise is set to hit US in 2017. It will be the first film in the franchise without late actor Paul Walker. Actor Vin Diesel is expected to reprise his role from the seventh movie and so is actor Kurt Russell. James Wan is reportedly eyed to direct.