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'Central Intelligence' star Dwayne Johnson says he was arrested 'multiple times' before age 16

By Karen Butler
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'Central Intelligence' star Dwayne Johnson says he was arrested 'multiple times' before age 16
Cast members Dwayne Johnson (L) and Kevin Hart attend the premiere of the motion picture comedy "Central Intelligence" at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles on June 10, 2016. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

NEW YORK, June 11 (UPI) -- Wrestler-turned-film-star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is opening up about who he was as a younger man as he promotes his latest action-comedy Central Intelligence.

Directed and co-written by Rawson Marshall Thurber, the movie is about Bob, a one-time, teen-age misfit who becomes a CIA agent and reconnects with Calvin, the one guy who was nice to him, on the eve of their 20th high-school reunion. Before long, mild-mannered accountant Calvin gets caught up in Bob's adventures, but ultimately begins to wonder if his old classmate is really who and what he says he is. Johnson plays Bob and Kevin Hart is Calvin.

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Asked by UPI at a recent New York press conference to describe what he was like as a kid, Johnson explained: "My freshman and sophomore years in high school, I spent a lot of time trying to get back on the right track. I was arrested multiple times by the time I was 16, so I had a little harder time trying to adjust like a lot of us do in high school. So, not until I really got involved in sports and athletics did I have a focus and a reason to do the things I was doing...

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"It just took me a little while, but then, also, too, by the end of my high school years, by the time I was a senior, I was ready to go to college," recalled the 44-year-old California native. "I was lucky. I got a full scholarship and I was the only one in my family at that time [to go to college.]... So, I was very successful by the time I left high school. Then I went to the University of Miami and I won a national championship and, when I was 24, I became the youngest WWE member."

Central Intelligence opens Friday.

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