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Black Panther has inspired The Rock to hit the gym, and it has nothing to do with Michael B. Jordan’s jacked supervillain build.
It was leg day for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, but the actor was feeling “fatigued” and “tired” from work, relationships, and taking care of his family, he said in a Sunday Instagram post. So what did the action star turn to for motivation? The fact that Black Panther is blowing Jumanji out of the water at the box office.
“You got to finish the week strong, because you start it all over again tomorrow,” Johnson says in the video. “So I woke up thinking, ‘Okay, what’s my inspiration?’ And I need a little bit of motivation.”
He says he thought about his daughters and his girlfriend — who is currently pregnant with his third child — but there was something else that really pushed him to get off the couch on Sunday.
“But then I think about Black Panther kicking the shit out of Jumanji at the box office,” he says. “That’s all the motivation I need. Okay, that’s it. So Wakanda forever. Okay, I know, I said that with a little too much mustard. I’m very proud of Ryan Coogler and the cast of Black Panther. Congratulations. So proud. Wakanda forever. That’s all I need. Motivation enough.”
There’s something to be said for failure as a powerful fitness motivator, but it’s not like The Rock should feel that bad. Though Black Panther has raked in more than $700 million in two weeks, Jumanji has amassed more than $900 million globally since its release in December, according to ScreenRant. In fact, Jumanji is now Sony’s second-highest-earning movie of all time.
Box office earnings aside, Black Panther really can be the workout inspiration you’re looking. Case in point, the aforementioned Michael B. Jordan. The actor, who plays Erik Killmonger, had said he poured blood, sweat, and tears into prepping for the film, including completely sacrificing any semblance of a social life. (For more information on Jordan’s Black Panther workouts with celebrity trainer Corey Calliet, click here.)
By Stacey Leasca