Old school. Our DNA.
It’s a lost art form and philosophy but we still believe that eye contact, handshakes and our word - is all you need.
Good to have Papa Jim Manion (President of IFBB) out of Pittsburgh, stop by my @underarmour commercial shoot to chop it all up with myself, @danygarciaco and @daverienzi.
We have some good business lining up in the future.
And most importantly, Happy Birthday my friend. Drinks on me. Actually drinks on you. Eh f*ck it, drinks on brotha Steve Weinberger.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is Pablo. He’s a star. He’s the monkey who starred in Pirates of the Caribbean with that John Depp fella.
The other one is the big, brown, bald, tattooed silverback who stars in RAMPAGE.
We’re comparing IQ’s. The monkey’s intellectually superior. As per yoosh.
Lotta fun promoting RAMPAGE with my buddy here.
He told he to f*ck off when I told him he needs a tic tac for his monkey breath.
#LoveMeSomeAnimals#RAMPAGE APRIL 20th.
She’s a wave of beautiful, positive energy.
One and only @aliciakeys stopped by my @underarmour shoot to say hi and meet the ohana.
She’s the real deal. Her mana (spirit) is powerful.
Mahalo for stopping by, thank you for being so gracious to my fam and team! See ya down the road my friend..
Me *comes downstairs and sees this cotton shit storm: Hey HEY, who tore up the MF’n stuffed animal?
HOBBS: *with a big ass piece of cotton hanging from his mouth: I don’t know whatchu talkin’ bout mane.
On set. This dude. BALLERS.
Gotta say I’ve come to really dig working with this brotha - our Ballers writer/producer/director, @RobWeiss.
Cool POV, sets the smart edge and my kinda “go f*ck yourself” humor.
He’s no doubt helped our show become HBO’s #1 rated half hour series for years now. Being #1 is a huge compliment I’m very proud of considering the high quality of programming the network delivers.
Ball out. 4 life.
LINK IN MY BIO.
I’m fortunate that I’ve built my social platforms to be the key driving force behind helping us make some difference in people’s lives. And for our @nbctitangames we’re gonna do our best to raise the bar and shine the spotlight on some very hard working men and women - who, most importantly are good quality human beings - and these days that matters more than ever.
Keep the applications coming - JOIN ME , put in the hard work, because I want you to win and WIN BIG. Ps, before you “win big” you’re gonna get your ass kicked.. but you’ll come back stronger.
4 years ago today, we lost a good buddy and Bay Area legendary musician, Ponti Jessop aka Swampkat.
Here’s a vid of me, Ponti and the boys just jammin’ at our backyard BBQ with good energy and vibes.
He’s singing a very emotional song he wrote for his grandma when she passed away. He was gracious enough to teach it to me and a few years later I wound up singing this same song to my own grandma at her funeral.
I’ve never seen this video until today (thank you brotha @samoanstuntman) and it’s such a humbling reminder that we gotta love each other as powerfully as we can, because tomorrow is never guaranteed to any of us.
Rest in paradise and love uso and thank you for the memories.
KAIJU IS COMING!! In Japan they’re excited and bracing for our monster movie, #RAMPAGE.
KAIJU meaning “strange beast” is a very popular genre of Japanese film that features gigantic monsters tearing up cities and each other - GODZILLA, KING KONG, MOTHRA etc.
Cool to see audiences around the getting hyped for our three gigantic mutated beasts.
And for some reason they’re very angry and hungry.
#TheSpecialOfTheDay#Humans#TheKaijuIsComing#RAMPAGE APRIL 20th
For our big @underarmour commercial, they asked me if the back of my new hoodie should read “Wrestling out of Memphis” since that’s where I started my grind at 24yrs old. I said, no it should read, “Wrestling out of Hawaii” since my grind actually started when we were evicted off the island with no where to live when I was 14yrs old.
I made a promise to myself that I’d do everything I could to make sure my family never got evicted again. And at 14 the only thing I knew I had control over was my effort, so I got my ass to the one place I could give that effort — the gym.
I know it may seem fucked up psychologically, but every day I still train in the gym and operate my business like I’m getting evicted and my back’s up against the wall.
Not ashamed of it, because it’s who I am. My DNA.
You guys are gonna like this new Under Armour campaign.
I’ve never won a Super Bowl or a Gold Medal. And I’m not a pro athlete.
But I am the hardest worker in the room.
My “grateful” face as our lil’ underdog #JUMANJI is in the $1 billion box office conversation that is only reserved for superhero movies and big franchises.
It’s unlikely we’ll reach that 1B mark but the fact that we’ve come this far is enough for me to extend, yet again my heartfelt gratitude and THANK YOU to all of you ‘round the world.
Just wanted to deliver something big, fun and cool. Like me when I’m on my third shot of tequila.
Eagle (bald) has landed.
Shooting our big @underarmour campaign commercial today. THANK YOU to all the passionate people joining me to put in that hard work on this blessed Sunday.
We’ve been working on this campaign for months to deliver to the world.
It’s time. Let’s shoot.
I’ve been known to make some amazing drinksbut this Saturday night pre-workout drink might be a new star on my roster.
Water, two scoops mandarin flavored Carnigen, two scoops GlycoJect, one cup of Colombian coffee and an Espresso thrown on top of that for the kick.. and a lil’ secret sauce.
Tomorrow I shoot our new @underarmour commercial so I’m coming in hot and on point.
And the “secret sauce” is floating in the middle of this drink - which is coagulated Dragon’s blood.
Last training session before the big shoot.
Here we go.
A good start.
Lots of buzz and excitement about our new NBC competition series @nbctitangames.
Wanted to create a life changing opportunity for you to shine and win big.
But you’re gonna have to put in the work and physically & mentally COMPETE beyond what your think your limits are.
I’m personally selecting everyone who will compete as well as helping design and engineer every competition.
Don’t wait til the deadline, go to my bio now and take that first step to a life changing shot and becoming a TITAN.
Join me ~ DJ
We’re in the 4th and most important quarter of the game. Very pleased with our #RAMPAGE global marketing and publicity meeting.
The success of #JUMANJI is applying excellent pressure to the WARNER BROS marketing team to deliver. I’ve grown very close to many of these brilliant execs and they are hungry to win.
I’m a very kind man, but a very competitive and angry player.
And that’s all I want from our partners. Embrace the competition and be brilliant in the execution, because at the end of the day we’re gonna win some and sometimes get our asses kicked, but the competitive hunger is always the anchor to achieving greatness.
Reached a point in my career where my most important currency, is my time.
If I’m giving you my time, then you get me at 100%, fully committed and a passionate SOB who’s going all in.
So be protective of your time. It’s the one thing we can control where it goes and who gets it.
Thank you to the multiple teams of people who worked so hard to make our Super Bowl launch of #SKYSCRAPER a success.
Grateful and ALL IN.
Ps. I only know how to say this in my elegant way.. life’s too short and time is too precious, so do your best to never work with assholes.
Incredible to have #JUMANJI shatter FURIOUS 7 (and all Fast & Furious films) as my all time biggest domestic box office result — and we’re still going strong.
THANK YOU FANS worldwide. Luv u back.
Work hard, surround myself with good hard working people and hope I get a lil’ lucky every now and then.
Grateful to the core for this career milestone.
Thanks again for loving the movie and let’s get back to work.
Grateful to have this (tequila infused) celebratory dinner.
Last week was an extraordinary week of @sevenbucksprod
JUMANJI becoming Sony’s 3rd highest grossing movie of all time. Announcing THE TITAN GAMES with NBC. Global trailer launch of SKYSCRAPER and the big sale of RED NOTICE to Universal & Legendary.
No success ever happens alone. We’re all a product of our environment and the hard working people we keep around us.
From the right, @bslater9 (WME partner and my lead agent), @flynnpictureco (my lead producing partner/founder of Flynn Pics), @ms.wendyjane (VP of Flynn Pics), @rawsonthurber (writer/director SKYSCRAPER & RED NOTICE and all around good handsome egg) and some big, brown, bald, tattooed circus act who just keeps photobombing his way into otherwise great pictures. But at least he pays the tab so he’s good for something. #gratefulSOB
THE TITAN GAMES.
I’ve been a lucky SOB over the years who’s worked extremely hard to build a global platform and spotlight - I wanted to create a competition series where I could take my spotlight and shine it on every day people who have the heart and will to step into this arena for the CHALLENGE AND OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME.
I want you to join me.
Click the link in bio now and sign up.
Winning is just the beginning.
Grateful to to finish our business week on such a strong note.
In the world of Hollywood deal making - this “Ferocious” bidding war was as big and intense as it gets.
Deal is unprecedented.
Congratulations UNIVERSAL & LEGENDARY for the win. And a huge THANK YOU to all our studio partners who participated in the auction and pushed all their chips in on our big idea.
Respect to my good friend and writer/director @rawsonthurber (CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, SKYSCRAPER) for once again coming to the table with an original concept idea - that caused big waves in the world of entertainment.
Now the fun part begins for all of us.. we roll up our sleeves, dig in and put in the work.
Soon the world will see red. I’ll keep you guys posted.
The game comes home!
Just an incredible #JUMANJI run that you and your families are still enjoying in theaters. Now you can watch at home on Digital on 3/6 and BluRay on 3/20.
Gag reels, featurettes, bonuses behind the scenes footage of me scaring the shit outta Kevin with fake spiders (he’s truly terrified jungle insects) and the time I dropped a dead bat on him from the ceiling.
That’s a very true and cruel story.
Thank you for loving JUMANJI. Truly a pleasure making it for you. Click the link in my bio to pre-order the fun insanity.
Mahalo New York Times!
Best Super Bowl Movie Trailers: #SKYSCRAPER.
Amongst all the big franchise trailers that aired during the game (Avengers, Mission Impossible etc) very cool to see our movie cut thru and make a nice impact.
Lots of comparisons to Die Hard, Towering Inferno and The Fugitive. Awesome and flattering - thank you. And THE JUMP OF ALL JUMPS causing quite the stir in the science community around the world on if my character could actually make it or not.
I’ll just say now, the jump doesn’t end like you’re thinking it does.. Don’t look down.
#SKYSCRAPER THIS SUMMER
Brother I’m in.
Raising a glass to... the pitch.
The last time writer/director @rawsonthurber (dapper gentleman to my left) pitched me an idea for a movie.. I listened intently (we had just made Central Intelligence together). At the end of that pitch, I was so impressed by his original concept idea, I simply said, BROTHER I’M IN.
Two years later we launch the world premiere trailer for that original concept idea.. #SKYSCRAPER.
Now we sit and Rawson has pitched yet another original concept idea for a movie that’s again, very impressive. Big, global, fun, sexy, cool and thrilling... and my character will make you think twice about ever judging a book by its cover - even after you’ve read every page.
My producing partners @flynnpictureco & @hhgarcia41 loved Rawson’s pitch too as you can tell by their big ass Kool Aid smiles.
And yes, I may be on my 5th tequila, but I can still say with 99.7% sharp intellect and clarity, BROTHER, I’M IN.
Can. Not. Wait. To get this movie made for you guys - you’re gonna love it.
Another round to go please..
Titans aren’t born.. they’re made.
You can feel the buzz in the air for our @nbctitangames.
I wanted to create a platform to shine the spotlight on everyday people willing to do extraordinary things thru their athleticism, relentless will and indomitable human spirit.
Our @sevenbucksprod partnered with @NBC and the creators of AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR to bring you a competition series unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.
Don’t just watch me, I need you to JOIN ME. *Link in my bio to TRY OUT.
World premiere of #SKYSCRAPER. An original concept film about an FBI Hostage Rescue Negotiator severely wounded in the field. Framed in Hong Kong for murder and a wanted fugitive on the run - while his family is kidnapped and trapped in the world's tallest building set ablaze. Honored to play this role. *Link in my bio for FULL TRAILER.
#VertigoWarning#SKYSCRAPER JULY 2018
Wow! THANK U for the amazing response to our #SuperBowl teaser for #SKYSCRAPER. Tune in tonight on @FallonTonight where I’ll debut the full trailer LIVE. To quote my good buddy and real life inspiration for my character @TeamGlas, “Amputees kick ass!”
This is far beyond my wildest of wild dreams - and you guys know I dream up some wild ass things.
Our #JUMANJI has reclaimed the #1 spot at the box office to win #SuperBowl weekend.
The last time a movie opened in December and was still #1 in February was exactly 20yrs ago with TITANIC.
We’re that lil’ engine that could, that just keeps chuggin’ away.. and I’m excited for #JUMANJI to finally open in JAPAN this April.
Most importantly, THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who’s seen and loved the movie, just as much as I did making it.
Before our #SKYSCRAPER trailer launch during the #SuperBowl, it’s with boundless gratitude and humility I introduce you to this man @teamglas who inspired me to take on this role.
The first American amputee to climb Mt Everest, Mr. Jeff Glasbrenner.
Being that my character in the movie has only one leg, I knew when I said “yes” to this role, it would be the biggest challenge of my career and most significant because of the community I would represent.
I realized thru this entire process that there’s no way I could ever truly understand what it’s like to be an amputee unless I had been one myself.
I’m grateful that Jeff gave me the motivation & psychology to fully immerse myself in the role and for that I gave him my word that every one of my actions in this movie would be from my gut, mind and heart.
With so much respect, I thank you brother for everything and I hope I make you proud.
And thank you for the words I’ll never forget that you shared with me when you first lost your leg... “you can choose to be powerful or you can choose to be pitiful, but you can’t be both”.... Amen.
#JeffGlasbrenner#Inspiration#SKYSCRAPER SUMMER 2018
Strong chance #JUMANJI will be the #1 movie in America - again. In week 7, that kind of success is unheard of.
I send this message in awe and gratitude to all of you who love the movie as much as I did making it.
I will now casually limp out of the gym because I just got my ass handed to me training legs. Brutal.
Hugsies to my brotha @kevinhart4real
Lotta nice buzz about our original concept film, #SKYSCRAPER based in Hong Kong.
THIS SUNDAY during the #SuperBowl you’ll see our first teaser trailer and then after the game, I’ll launch our full trailer LIVE to the world on @jimmyfallon.
What is a human being willing to sacrifice to save their family?
This Sunday during the game you’ll see.
In da cuppp.
After a very long and fatiguing day of work, the battle of wills between me and my baby, Jasmine Lia was just the mental therapy I needed.
When she throws the cup and pretends to be sad... she’s rewriting the psychological chess game, that I thought I mastered. Think again daddy 🤯
Not your typical scene on our comedy #ballers, as I cracked a beer open toasting my character’s brother, William who committed suicide.
Got me thinkin’ though bout how many of us have been affected by suicide of our friends, family. Struggle and pain is real. We’ve all been there on some level or another.
My mom tried to check out when I was 15. She got outta the car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic. Big rigs and cars swerving outta the way not to hit her. I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road.
What’s crazy about that suicide attempt is to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever. Probably best she doesn’t.
Shits of a scene to shoot - didn’t like it - but it did reminder that we always gotta do our best to really pay attention when people are in pain. Help ‘em thru it, get ‘em talkin’ about the struggle and remind ‘em that they’re not alone.
We got lucky that day when I was 15 and that ain’t always the case.
THIS SUNDAY during the SUPER BOWL you’ll see the first look at our original concept of an idea, @skyscrapermovie
A film not based off a franchise, book, ride or existing brand.
Just a lil’ crazy idea from writer/director @rawsonthurber that we thought would make a unique, heart stopping, compelling story.
THIS SUNDAY during the game, you’ll see first hand the intense heights we’ll take you.
Welcome the talented, beautiful and bad ass Emily Blunt to JUNGLE CRUISE.
@barackobama just confirmed to me the most critical deal points in her contract, so we’re gonna get along juuuuust great.
Break out the tequila.
All aboard. The adventure cruise of a lifetime.
Rematches are funny things. Sometimes they’re cash grabs, put into works before the first fight even happens.
Then you have times where it’s absolutely necessary. When two of the best in their field, possibly ever, met face to face and delivered an epic performance that didn’t have a resolution.
As a competitor it eats at you, creates a void that can not be fulfilled until you meet again in the ring. As a fan, it’s something special because you know you’re watching greatness and history unfolding before your eyes.
Fight fans around the world, I’m honored and fired up to announce this rematch.
(I do share recipes in exchange for dirty jokes and tequila)
I make my cheat meals EPIC because, hell we all work hard and only live once.
Huge turkey subs - oven roasted turkey, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato onion and mayo on the side.
Huge fudge brownies with milk chocolate chips, natural peanut butter and fudge smothered and drizzled on top.
A beautiful night of decadence and sin and by 2am I was drenched in sugar sweats trying to sleep.
But much like the many addictions I have in my life - the going up is always worth the coming down.
As a kid I had this dream of playing my favorite ragtime song, “The Entertainer” from Marvin Hamlisch on piano. But I truly sucked at piano.
Until I started using my feet.
And that’s why it’s called #TheSting
by my partner in rhyme and grind @laurenhashianofficial
We’re all fatigued and tired. Long week.. I get it.
But no matter how many days and nights you do it... you’re only as good as the last one you do.
Grateful to grind. Let’s get to work. And my left knee looks like I’m smuggling a human head. #SaturdayNightFunk#WestCoastIronParadise
The magic is brewing
Very productive 4 hour meeting with my Spanish filmmaker, Jaume Collet-Serra.
We’ve been working on this project for over a year now and I’m very pleased and impressed with his vision, tone, edge, humor and love.
Excited to make this one for you guys ‘round the world.
Our honor and privilege to bring to life, Disney’s JUNGLE CRUISE.
Making this one is a childhood dream of mine, so it’s hard to put in words what it all means. Grateful SOB. Let’s get to work. Shooting begins this May...
Flashback to when I tried to kill @kevinhart4real on set of #JUMANJI.
Pushed him as hard as I could.
As he lay motionless, I looked down and responded like Ivan Drago from Rocky 4 and said,
If he dies...he dies.
The whole crew gave me a standing ovation.
Kevin cried. Hard.
Please no one call Child Protection Services on me and this weekend, go enjoy the global phenomenon that’s called #JUMANJI.
Expanding our #ballers business.
On a personal note, I’ve been blown away and so impressed by these bad ass athletes. Very cool to be exposed to this dope culture.
I’m ready to throw on my Vans and destroy some Ollies.. actually, I’m content with being the deal maker.
I prefer my bones unbroken.
This #JUMANJI phenomenon is truly unprecedented.
#1 movie in the world for the fourth week in a row.
Still going strong.. THANK YOU for loving the movie as much as I did making it.
Happy audience = Happy Uncle DJ.
Tequila and waffles on me.
The GOAT. 🤨
After his big #AusOpen win, @rogerfederer was asked if he would do our famous “Smoldering Intensity” look from #JUMANJI.
His “on command it’s really difficult” was brilliant.
Ever gracious in victory, best of luck my friend and keep kickin’ ass.
Don’t cheat yourself, treat yourself.
Mound of chocolate banana pancakes with the “fixin’s” on the side. Two great Netflix docs for the night, that I recommend: “Drug Lords” and “The Toys That Made Us”. #SundayGluttony
“That’s a big arm, don’t fight it”
And here’s an exclusive teaser for that fun lil’ monster movie called #RAMPAGE about me and my best friend - a gigantic albino gorilla named, George.
BIG MEETS BIGGER. #RAMPAGE