What is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Role on ‘The Titan Games,’ and Who is the Oldest Contestant?

Whether it’s as a wrestler, an action movie star, or teaming up with Kevin Hart in big-screen comedies, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson knows how to keep us entertained. Oh, and let’s not forget the HBO series Ballers, which is prepping for Season 5. Johnson is turning away from comedy movies and action-star stunts to host the TV show The Titan Games. The obstacle course challenge show sees real-world workout warriors test their strength and endurance with a hefty load of physical challenges. Let’s take a peek at Johnson’s role on The Titan Games, how he came up with the idea, and who the oldest contestant is.

How did Dwayne Johnson come up with The Titan Games?

Some of the challenges on The Titan Games come from Dwayne Johnson’s weightlifting routine, such as lifting an oversized cinder block. Others sprung into his mind after ingesting some liquid inspiration.

“I was probably on my third tequila and looking outside and seeing the moon and thought, ‘What if there was something like this,” Johnson tells USA Today about a half-moon challenge on The Titan Games.

Blind tug-of-war, knocking over 1,000-pound walls, and lifting and lighting oversized tiki torches are some of the battles facing The Titan Games’ 64 contestants.

The show is similar to American Ninja Warrior, according to The Wrap, but instead of contestants competing against an obstacle course, they compete against each other.

The 10-episode series premieres on NBC on Jan. 3, 2019, and airs at 8 p.m. eastern time.

What is his role on the show?

Dwayne Johnson hosts NBC's 'The Titan Games'

Dwayne Johnson created ‘The Titan Games,’ and he produces and hosts the show, too. | Vivian Zink

Johnson is front and center as the host of The Titan Games, but that’s not all he’s doing on the show. He’s the creator and one of the seven executive producers.

As the host, Johnson introduces the challenges and gives motivational speeches to the contestants. Despite his busy schedule, Johnson was very hands-on getting the show off the ground.

Who is the oldest The Titan Games contestant?

Since the challenges on The Titan Games are so physically taxing, most of the competitors are in their 20s and early 30s. However, a few contestants stand out for their age alone.

The oldest to make the 64-person cut is 51-year old strength training coach Sandra Arechaederra. Julie Dudley, a 50-year old firefighter from Florida, is second-oldest according to Men’s Health. Frank Sansonetti, a 40-year old firefighter from New York City, made the cut, but the other 61 contestants are all in their 20s or 30s.

What are Dwayne Johnson’s most successful movies?

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson on stage

Dwayne Johnson discusses Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle in 2017. | Rich Polk/Getty Images

Dwayne Johnson created The Titan Games and produces the show. Producing projects is one of the ways he stays busy, and one of the things we didn’t know about him until recently is why he named his company Seven Bucks. Getting into politics is something he’d like to do when his acting career slows down. No matter what, though, we’ll always remember him as an actor, and these are his highest grossing movies through 2018, according to Box Office Mojo:

5. The Fate of the Furious (2017)

Box office total: $226 million

4. Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

Box office total: $238.6 million

3. Moana (2016)

Box office total: $248.7 million

2. Furious 7 (2015)

Box office total: $353 million

1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

Box office total: $404.5 million

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