Dwayne Johnson’s new project hits close to home.
And it has nothing to do with wrestling John Cena in the ring.
“Rock and a Hard Place,” which he produced, is inspired by his own experiences as a youth on the wrong side of the law.
The documentary, premiering on HBO March 27, follows a group of kids at the Miami-Dade County Corrections & Rehabilitation Department Boot Camp Program, a 16-week alternative to prison.
Before he was a defensive lineman for UM, pro wrestler and movie star, Johnson was a rebellious teen growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he was arrested a handful of times by the time he was 17.
He told Muscle & Fitness magazine in a September 2014 interview, “At 14 is when I started training. At 14 is when I also started getting arrested — for fighting, theft, all kinds of stupid [$#@&] that I shouldn’t have been doing.”
Shot vérité style, “Hard Place” gives viewers a look into the local boot camp, which is reportedly so harsh that it reports a recidivism rate of less than 15 percent ( the national rate of prison recidivism is approximately 70 percent).
Johnson now lives in Southwest Ranches with his girlfriend and baby daughter.