Just imagining Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock voicing a significant character in Avatar: The Last Airbender must give chills to fans. The creators of the animated show even modeled a character after him, but despite that, the wrestler didn’t join the cast.

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Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam

Dwayne Johnson was super close to voicing The Boulder in Avatar: The Last Airbender, as revealed by Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. The creators had a strong desire to cast Johnson since the character was made in his honor, but just because he wasn’t doing television projects at that time, the role was given to Mick Foley, another wrestler who previously fought with The Rock.

Real Reason Why Dwayne Johnson Didn’t Voice The Boulder in Avatar: The Last Airbender

It’s been more than a decade since Avatar: The Last Airbender came out and gave fans a reason to tune in to Nickelodeon regularly. One of the big names associated with the voice cast of the original animated show was Dwayne Johnson. It was before the wrestler-turned-actor transformed into a big star in the entertainment world when the creators modeled The Boulder after him.

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Dwayne Johnson was offered to play The Boulder

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The creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko revealed on the Avatar: Braving the Elements podcast, their strong desire to welcome Dwayne Johnson in their show. However, the Black Adam star couldn’t accept the offer just because he wasn’t active in the television world. DiMartino said:

“This was before he was like the Rock as we know him now, but he was definitely on that trajectory, and since [the Boulder] was modeled after him, we tried to get him to be the voice, but he was not doing television at the time.”

Dwayne Johnson’s agents informed the creators of the show that he wouldn’t be able to join the cast as The Boulder. However, the show was lucky enough to have Mick Foley on board, and his voicing felt like “him doing an impression of his buddy”. Foley and Johnson share a good camaraderie and have even wrestled against each other.

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Dwayne Johnson in Jumanji

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Dwayne Johnson has indisputably become one of the most celebrated actors in Hollywood, soon after he starred in the 2002 action-adventure film The Scorpion King. The Rock played the titular role of Mathayus or Scorpion King, a highly skilled warrior who’s set to take revenge after his brother was brutally murdered by an evil warlord.

After the release of Johnson’s film, the actor was occupied with notable projects and has been delivering exceptional performances through the years. Similar to many acclaimed stars, Dwayne Johnson’s initial journey in Hollywood was not smooth sailing, but his determination to act meant that he made it to the big screen.

Watch the live-action of Avatar: The Last Airbender on Netflix.

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