Even the biggest stars — 6’5” and 260 pounds big — can get star-struck from time to time.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson confessed in an interview with Esquire that he was reduced to grinning “like a big ass kid” when he recently received a letter from Steven Spielberg praising his work, calling it the defining moment when he knew he’d made it as an actor.
“Been enjoying your movies over the years. Very entertaining. I feel like I’ve really gotten to know you over the years, most recently after watching you host ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Great job. You continue to go for it. Proud of your work and look forward to meeting you. Steven Spielberg.”
Needless to say, it had an impact comparable to the massive earthquake in Johnson’s latest disaster film and sparked an emotional response.
“It took me back to being just like a kid. I was so blown away,” he told Esquire.
The HBO “Ballers” star also wrote a gushing Instagram post next to a photo of him holding the letter in which he recalled seeing “Indiana Jones” on its opening weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina, when he was just eight years old.
“Throughout the years I’ve credited this man and his movies as being my greatest inspiration in becoming an actor and wanting to always make ‘his kind’ of movies — entertaining, quality and above all else … heart,” he wrote. “Just receiving this personal letter from him and it’s not only made me incredibly humbled and grateful, but it’s also brought me back to being that 8yr old boy again who not only loves movies, but I now get to make the movies I love and enjoy the impact they have on others.”
Spielberg and Johnson have never actually worked together — so now might be the perfect time for a monster-sized collaboration.