Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Tells What Makes Him Weep

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will be front and center entertaining his male constituency next month, starting with hisreturn to the WWE to host “WrestleMania 27” April 3, and continuing through release of the fifth “Fast and the Furious” testosterone-fueled street racing action flick April 29.  So — of course! — Entertainment Weekly used theoccasion to ask the big guy what made him weep.  “I’m a very emotional man,” says Dwayne.

Those emotional things include his daughter’s birth in 2001:  “I’m an only child and grew up with a very selfish ‘I gotta take care of me’ attitude. And when I first held my baby girl, it hit me like a ton of bricks that there’s someone else in this world that I must commit to…”  Aw!

Then Johnson’s stroll through memory lane takes him to such moments as earning his first WWE (then WW F) world championship in 1998; winning the national championship with the University of Miami football team in 1992; and this one that will hit home with a lot of men:  “I accidentally closed the garage door on the front of my black Ford F-150 about three months ago. I shed a tear when I saw that happen. That’s my baby, my favorite car to drive.””  Sniff. Sniff.   The issue hits stands tomorrow.  (3/25)

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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