There are now two precise moments that define the Hollywood portion of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s career so far:
1. The April 2011 release of Fast 5, when Johnson shook off Tooth Fairy to become a bona fide action star on a level of Arnold Schwarzenegger, and;
2. This weekend’s flat-on-its-face flop Baywatch, when the limits to that stardom became painfully clear.
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Just as Johnson is realizing the height of his pop-culture powers — even floating a run for the White House — he suffers his first embarrassing box office bomb, an $18.5 million domestic opening weekend for a summer nostalgia comedy whose $40 million expectations weren’t so hot to begin with. Read more…
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