Dwayne Johnson is perhaps one of the biggest celebrities in the world. However, he managed to become credible by collaborating with stars like Jason Statham and Kevin Hart. With that being said, Johnson has one of the most impressive resumes of all time. He is one of the few remaining actors who are capable of attracting audiences just by signing onto a project. Thanks to his charming personality and rock-solid resume, which encompasses some extremely popular franchises that have made hundreds of millions at the box office.
With that being said, these are some of Dwayne Johnson’s best co-stars, ranked in ascending order –
Johnson’s most recent critical and commercial hit was Red Notice that starred the Rock as a rogue Interpol agent who teams up with Ryan Reynolds’ character, one of the greatest thieves in the world. They team up and attempt to take down another rival thief character played by Gal Gadot. The two pair up to unravel a heist by a notorious master thief. Red Notice works best as an action-adventure buddy film. Johnson worked well with Reynolds’ witty back-and-forth banter and vibe that comes across with his performance in Deadpool 2.
Samuel L. Jackson
In The Other Guys, a scene where the tough cops are in the midst of an assignment, Ferrell and Wahlberg are crouched behind a desk and off their chain-smoking their nerves down to their fingers as they see from afar what’s happening outside. The only two ‘civilians’ of the group, Johnson and Samuel Taylor are hiding in a poorly-made chair glued together with duct tape and twerking out as if doing so would protect them from getting shot by some random bad guy or another who is bent on wreaking havoc. Even though Sam Jackson played an integral part in how this scene originally ended up playing out, he couldn’t be there for this particular version for reasons unbeknownst to anyone. And because of that, it got reworked!
Twisted around a massive earthquake that tears through California’s deserts and California’s cities, San Andreas is an old-school disaster epic with Dwayne Johnson as a Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter rescue pilot named Ray. The external conflict of the movie is, of course, the earthquake, but the internal conflict is Ray’s struggle to reconnect with his estranged wife named Emma (portrayed by Carla Gugino). As the intense story unfolds during the action scenes from a rescue mission gone wrong, the viewer comes to understand why Emma has grown tired of her husband’s recently acquired attitude putting his colleagues above family.
Johnson first appeared on-screen alongside Hart in the 2016 action comedy film Central Intelligence. One can only imagine how much better the film would have been if it taken a more creative approach to Johnson and Hart’s on-screen pairing (especially when their personalities were turned into video game avatars in the recent 2019 sequel Jumanji: The Next Level). It goes without saying that being video game avatars for other people adds a specific twist to their dynamic which is apparent when comparing him to his counterpart: Danny DeVito’s avatar and Nick Jonas’ storyline.
Johnson isn’t the most loved character in the Fast & Furious franchise. He first appeared in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift where Johnson was shunned by his main family; the main cast. This makes sense since he wasn’t exactly the easiest guy to get along with! However, this does make for an interesting dynamic with his pairing with Statham’s Deckard Shaw (the villain-turned-antihero), who is actually very much like Johnson himself in that they both tend to be stern-faced, wisecracking mercenaries (albeit in different camps). So it makes sense that these two would make a better buddy cop movie than a whole ensemble of personalities provided by an ensemble cast.