Despite earning loads of money actors and directors can be sensitive souls when it comes to reviews, especially bad ones.
The Rock, though, is a different kind of celebrity.
His latest movie Skyscraper hasn’t received the best reviews. It currently has a rotten rating of 52 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes as it has been branded as “disappointing” and a “Die-Hard rip off.”
It’s also worth pointing out that his character in this action thriller is disabled and has a prosthetic leg.
Rather than complaining about the bad reviews, The Rock opted to take to Twitter and share a review from the film critic Kristen Lopez, who suffers from a disability.
Respectfully, to all the critics who reviewed my SKYSCRAPER – the good, the bad – I take it all
Heres the most important review I got from disabled critic @Journeys_Film Thx U!🙏🏾
My character’s issues weren’t below his knee, but rather between his ears. https://t.co/SKb1by5ma4
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 13, 2018
Kristen praised Skyscraper in her review for Slash Film for not making a narrative out of the lead character’s disability or something that would benefit or hinder him. It’s just who he is and isn’t played for emotion like other movies are guilty of.
She also noted that Johnson’s character “represents a marked improvement in representation. People with disabilities don’t want their disability to define them, and Will’s doesn’t define his character.”
Kristen thanked Johnson for sharing the review in a separate Tweet.
Wow. I am officially verklempt. @TheRock thanks for taking the time to read my piece! Disabled representation has a long road to travel, but I was happy to see movement being made. pic.twitter.com/KvhPq5MvlR
— Kristen Lopez (@Journeys_Film) July 13, 2018
People then started to thank The Rock and Kristen for promoting disabled inclusion in movies and an overall positive outlook.
Kristen is fantastic, thanks so much for tweeting her piece out. And please help us push for more inclusivity when it comes to actors with disabilities getting cast in any role. <3
— Jill Pantozzi ♿ (@JillPantozzi) July 13, 2018
Since I am a person who not only was born with a disability but dreams of someday having a career in Hollywood I want to say thank you to @TheRock for starting a movement and hopefully the industry can definitely start to take steps forward to cast actors with disabilities. pic.twitter.com/rzR6e9a02Q
— Luis Gonzalez Chavez (@Luis312012) July 13, 2018
Congrats Kristen! And thank you Dwayne for supporting her, and other underrepresented critics. It means a lot!
— Yolanda Machado (@SassyMamainLA) July 13, 2018
Thanks for being open to new challenges and new perspectives. Kristen’s awesome and so are you 🙂
— Geek Girl Diva (@geekgirldiva) July 13, 2018
Before this, The Rock announced in a video that he had joined the Ruderman Family Foundation, a Boston-based charity that is campaigning for a wider spread inclusion of disabled people in film and the entertainment industry.