Movies Starring Dwayne Johnson in the Same Role.

In a case of being very good at your typecast, here are movies in which Dwayne Johnson has played the same kind of character.

Movies Starring Dwayne Johnson in the Same Role

Ex-WWE superstar Dwayne Johnson is known for his eyebrows, altering black turtle-necked outfits, his smolder, and, most importantly, his effortless way he can don a brown shirt and fit into any jungle in the history of cinema. Actors often get stuck in a rut of playing the same characters over and over again. That is a phenomenon called type-casting: where an actor thrives in the same kind of movie role over and over, just in different movies. For example, Tom Cruise continuously plays the action hero, sprinting away from some explosion. Conversely, if you need a mobster type, you hire Joe Pesci. Even an A-lister like Angelina Jolie in the 90s got her roots in the box she built, playing the Femme Fatale archetype. So, it’s no surprise that Johnson found a niche and stuck with it.

Update August 22, 2023: This article has been updated by Callum Jones with even more Dwayne Johnson films where he plays the same role.

Using his physique as part of his draw, Johnson has played the rugged, resentful hero who happens to save the day, whether that be in the jungle or in something that resembles a jungle. His characters are always the hot-shot loners who learn to be team players in the end with a healthy dose of sarcasm, wit, and a lot of smoldering charm. Here are the top movies where Dwayne Johnson plays the same kind of character.

1 Jack Bruno — Race to Witch Mountain

Movies Starring Dwayne Johnson in the Same Role

In the 2009 sci-fi adventure Race to Witch Mountain, Johnson plays the ex-military man, Jack Bruno, who stumbles upon two alien kids. Reluctantly, he agrees to help them get back to their ship that the government is holding. He is the brawn of the mission, knows his way around his gun, and doesn’t like children — of course, that is, until he realizes how much he cares about Sara and Seth, the twin alien siblings that he would take a bullet for.

2 Mitch Buchannon — Baywatch

Movies Starring Dwayne Johnson in the Same Role

The character of Mitch Buchannon was made famous by David Hasselhoff in the TV version of Baywatch. In 2017, however, Johnson took over the role in a cinematic reboot. The film follows Mitch and his team of lifeguards as they uncover a criminal plot that involves a glamorous drug lord. Though he is essentially playing an already established role here, Johnson’s version of Mitch bears little resemblance to Hasselhoff’s and rather a lot of resemblance to other characters in the former pro-wrestlers filmography.

3 Joe Kingman — The Game Plan

Movies Starring Dwayne Johnson in the Same Role
In The Game Plan, Johnson plays Joe Kingman, the most popular quarterback in the NFL. He’s got the fame, the fancy car, the women, and all the money he could dream of. What he doesn’t see coming is the kid from his long-ago ex. For Johnson, this is another movie role wherein unlikely fatherhood is pushed upon him, and he ends up loving and protecting that child, even if that means donning ballet slippers instead of cleats.

4 John Hartley — Red Notice

Movies Starring Dwayne Johnson in the Same Role
The 2021 Netflix movie, Red Notice, saw Johnson teaming up with two other Hollywood giants, Gal Godot and Ryan Reynolds. The film, which was directed by frequent Johnson collaborator Rawson Marshall Thurber, follows FBI agent John Hartley who reluctantly teams up with one notorious thief to take down another notorious thief. Along the way, there are several twists, crosses, and double-crosses and while Johnson’s character may not be all he appears to be, he’s still unashamedly Johnson being Johnson.

5 James Ransome — Empire State

Movies Starring Dwayne Johnson in the Same Role

Empire State is a crime drama that was released direct to DVD in 2013. In it, Johnson plays James Ransome, a veteran NYPD detective who is out to stop two childhood friends (played by Liam Hemsworth and Emma Roberts) who plan to rob an armored-car depository. It’s very much a case of Johnson playing the noble good guy out to get the bad guys, a trope that has reoccurred throughout the actor’s career.

6 Derek — Tooth Fairy

Movies Starring Dwayne Johnson in the Same Role
One of the best hockey players on the ice squashes the magic of the tooth fairy and ends up accidentally having to take up the mantle of the actual Tooth Fairy. This is the premise of the aptly titled fantasy comedy movie Tooth Fairy, in which Johnson plays hockey player Derek Thompson. From sports star to kid hero, he has to leave what he knew behind and accept his inner child.

7 Krypto — DC: League of Super-Pets

Movies Starring Dwayne Johnson in the Same Role
Sure, in the animated superhero adventure, DC: League of Super-pets, Johnson voices a cartoon dog for the first time. But human or not, there’s no getting away from the fact that Krypto – Superman’s canine companion – is a typical Johnson character. When Superman, along with the rest of the Justice League, are captured, it’s up to Krypto and his furry friends to save the day. Brave, macho, a tiny bit goofy, and always the leader of the pack, this four-legged character is no different from Johnson’s others.

8 Hank — Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Movies Starring Dwayne Johnson in the Same Role
Here, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island marks the subtle switch in Johnson’s roles. From the sports star who has to handle children to the jungle man with the gray shirt…but still handling children. In this movie, Johnson plays Hank, the new stepfather to adventure addict Shawn, and agrees to accompany him on a trip to find his long-lost grandfather. Playing this suave, macho man role and reluctantly trying to parent Shawn, Johnson is perfect.

9 Raymond Gaines — San Andreas

Movies Starring Dwayne Johnson in the Same Role
​Almost wearing the same attire from when he is journeying to the mysterious island, Johnson plays Raymond Gaines in the disaster movie about the San Andreas Fault line, titled San Andreas. He is a rescue chopper who joins forces with his ex-wife to find their daughter amidst the chaos of earthquakes ravaging the area. He is the hero with no weaknesses, never backing down.

10 Spencer — Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Movies Starring Dwayne Johnson in the Same Role
​In the reboot of the eponymous classic adventure movie, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Johnson plays the avatar of the game, the fearless Dr. Bravestone. However, there is a fun twist: Johnson plays Spencer, who is trapped inside Dr. Bravestone while still stepping into the brave leader-of-the-pack role — of course, while traipsing through the jungle in the classic brown adventurer shirt.

11 Davis Okoye — Rampage

Movies Starring Dwayne Johnson in the Same Role
Another movie based on a classic arcade game, Rampage, centers around the giant gorilla, George. Johnson plays the fierce protector of the animal and steps back into the niche of the strong protector, willing to do anything to save the things he loves. This time, he traded the jungle for the city and follows the gorilla, George, through the streets of Chicago.

12 Will Sawyer — Skyscraper

Movies Starring Dwayne Johnson in the Same Role

Another one of Johnson’s niches is disaster movies. In Skyscraper, he takes on the role of ex-FBI agent Will Sawyer. Sawyer gets framed for the world’s tallest and safest building catching on fire and then steps in to save a family trapped inside the flames. Sawyer is a man who never backs down and will sacrifice himself to save those in need.

13  Wolff — Jungle Cruise

Movies Starring Dwayne Johnson in the Same Role
In another adaptation of something classic and loved — this time based on the eponymous Disney ride — Jungle Cruise sees Johnson playing Frank Wolff, who is the skipper of an old boat. This role allows Johnson to show his sarcastic and comedic side a bit more and places him right back into the jungle, being the daring and fearless Captain of the ship. It is one of many films where Johnson is going through the jungle, his favorite setting.