Dwayne Johnson Posts Heartfelt Thank You To Marvel's Stan Lee
When you think of people who you'd love to go for a pint with, but could also crush your head into a pulp with one fist if they felt like it, it's impossible not to think of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.
The lovable giant started out in wrestling, before turning his attention away from the ring and towards the big screen. And what a good decision it was, because after starting out in The Mummy Returns, Dwayne Johnson has since taken the world by storm - even beating Robert Downey Jr. to the post for highest-paid actor last year.
However, Johnson hasn't taken this journey alone. He's had his mentors along the way and one of them, it just so happens, is Marvel's former editor-in-chief Stan Lee.
And after The Rock was introduced onstage by Lee at LA Comic Con on Sunday, it became clear that the pair share a warm friendship.
"I don't like to be photographed with guys who are bigger and stronger and taller and better looking," joked Lee before welcoming Johnson to the stage, "But I'll make an exception for him."
The Rock took to Instagram to post a heartfelt thank you to the comic book genius, who has created legendary characters such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, The Incredible Hulk and countless others.
The post was accompanied by a black and white photo of the pair during their meeting at L.A. Comic Con.
The post read:
"This man. This legend. When I first broke into Hollywood 17 years ago, Stan Lee (iconic co creator of Spider -Man, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Dr Strange, etc) welcomed me with open arms. Always offering sage advice to help build my career. 'Be imaginative, set no limits, have fun,' he said.
"Years had gone by, but at Stan's #LAComicCon I had the opportunity to hug him again and say thank you. I was also truly moved yesterday by his words regarding the career I've been fortunate enough to build. Much more to accomplish.
"Cheers my friend to imagination, no limits and fun. Next time tequila's on me!"
Johnson signed his post as 'Black Adam', a nod to the DC supervillain role he has been attached to since 2014.
Lee may have hung up his cape in the world of comic books, but he's still involved in their Hollywood developments, and makes time for his fan-favourite cameos in Marvel Studios movies. He's also kept busy with running LACC every year.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter about what he thought made his characters so popular, Lee said: "I always wrote for myself.
"I figured I'm not that different from other people. If there's a story I like a lot, there's got to be others with similar tastes."
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