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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is gifted a Lumia 1020, right from Nokia

Confession: I’m a huge Rock fan (so is Sam). The dude makes fun movies (if you missed Pain and Gain, catch it on DVD), helped make Fast and Furious cool again, has a hit TV show (The Hero) and has a highly entertaining Twitter account. He’s also super motivational and helps this jaded soul to get back into the gym.

Evidently, Nokia thinks the Rock is pretty awesome too as they stopped by his gym to give him the “exclusive” phone, which can only mean the soon to be released AT&T Lumia 1020 with its 41MP PureView camera. He even Tweeted out a photo posing with some Nokia “execs” because the Rock and can do that sort of thing.

Anyway, to Dwayne Johnson, we hope you enjoy your Lumia 1020. You even beat us to the punch, which in some universe may be unfair, but let’s face it, you’re way more awesome than us phone nerds.

Now get swoll for Hercules, show off that Lumia 1020 and get our app to stay up to date on your new super shooter.

For the rest of you, you can follow Dwayne on Twitter @TheRock and on Instagram, so you can realize how puny you are.

Source: Twitter; Thanks, @_chadwick, for the tip!

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

190 Comments
  • Nice!  Ill take the one in the Black. 
  • You can have the one in the black. I'll take the thick one because I'm black.
  • You want the Rock? To each his own.
  • Lol.. I likes me some thick white girls thank you very much...
  • Hahaha so you like stupid girls? :P In the UK, Australia, New Zealand etc if you describe someone as "thick" it means "stupid" :P As in "He's thick and can't do maths very well"
  • Wow, really❔... So is thin smart?❔❓
  • LOL, no thin doesn't mean smart haha. Just Aussie slang (OI OI OI), calling some "thick" is like calling them stupid haha. 
  • Haha no... I think it means "thick in the head" or "thick skulled" to imply there's not much room for a brain :P
  • Em no thick to us is like thick headed a idiotic person pretty much it
  • The US equivalent to "Thick" is "Dense"
  • Em we use that in the uk two dude
  • Right..
  • 'Thick' means the same in Canada as well.
  • Sounds like every brother I know including myself
  • It's not just black guys that like thick girls, bro...
  • Lol
  • I'll take the one on the left lol
  • Hey, I think all of them except the chick in the right are nasty.
  • Lol.
  • It's the ones that don't look nasty are the best ones. 
  • What makes her nasty
  • The chick on the left looks very manly.
  • SMH, The rock is black too. So what now?
     
  • PMSL, the rock isn't black -- nice try though still!
  • His father's black. So I would imagine that makes him part black too
  • The keywords are 'part black' not black?
  • Umm no. He is Samoan actually.
  • His father's ethnicity is described as being African Canadian. Blacks from Nova Scotia in other places. No one has said The Rock isn't part Samoan. But if his dad is black, then that makes him part black too.
  • Yeah that is right, his father is black. However, that doesn't mean the 'Rock' is black, he is 'Dual Heritage' or 'Mixed Race' -- just like president 'Obama', 'Bob Marley', 'Vin Diesel' and 'Tiger Woods'.
  • Yeah, they all have to check the box next to black...
  • Feel ya on that one!
  • The Rock: It doesn't matter what you think!
  • + Stone Cold Steve Austin
  • You jabroni Shut your mouth and know your role!
  • He's gonna shove one Lumia 1020 up your candy ass
  • What?
  • Thank You so much for Using jabroni :) havent heard It in i while
  • Finally, The Rock has come back to Nokia!!!
  • What you mean comes back to Nokia what Nokia did he have before
  • I wonder if those Nokia "execs" smelled what the Rock was cooking?
  • Lol
  • Only if he agrees to use it in fast 7 lol
  • That would be awesome lol
  • That would be REALLY awesome!!!
  • nokia was the phone sponsor for F&F6. remembered brian's (paul walker) lumia with a cute family pic as his lockscreen. tej's (ludacris) was an asha.
  • Those are Nokia execs? Hmm
  • Screw that 1020... Look at them ladys❕❕
  • or
    "Screw that ladies... Look at them 1020 ❕"
    :p
  • What ladies? Those old women?
  • Dude is a beast.
  • I dont even like this guy, sorry, seems he has a lot of fans but i think hes a cocky twat
  • Tell him that to his face
  • This man is humble
  • The jabroni beating, pie eating, trail blazing, eye brow raising, the best in the present, future and past, and if you dont like him you can kiss the peoples candy ass! :P ;)
  • I suspect you may have formed that opinion by watching his wrestling character. Try watching real interviews and you will see he's cool.
  • Its the opposite, he is super nice which is why many people like him.
  • Everything I have been able to follow of him makes him out to be a fantastic guy. People that I know who have met him all say he is just super nice.
  • So I take it you've actually spent some time with the guy?
  • Certainly better than courting Justin Beiber ... Good job Nokia :D
  • LOL
  • The Rock says, "Know your role. Shut your mouth. And buy this phone!"
  • PS-- I met The Rock at Wrestlemania this year! :)
  • That's nothing. I have a pet Rock
  • Congrats! :)
  • I hate how celebrities get all the perks. There soooooooo special. No I'm not jealous, shut up
  • As if they don't have the money for it.
  • The Rock is obsessed with photographing himself (you can see it in his instagram feed) , I think they gave to the right guy and although I like Jessica Alba , I think the The Rock deserves this phone more
  • now he can take super awesome selffies!
  • Yeah I think they did a good thing here. I follow him on multiple social sites. The dude loves taking pictures and sending them out to all those that care. So this one free phone just gave Nokia a crap ton of advertising from a man who most people that follow him trust.
  • Hurry up and release the phones already!!!!
  • Dude is a millionare...but he needs a free 1020, okay!!^_~
  • LOL, jealousy doesn't get you nowhere -- maybe you should change your username to 'greeneyss'?
  • Yeah, let's follow him on Instagram! Oh, wait...
  • I laffed
  • Haha you made a funny
  • Wait... What happened... And this makes me want to buy a L1020 how?
  • Nokia noticed that Celebs in America can influence brands, and services , Instagram reached the stars by reaching the stars , Twitter and Facebook did this too.  
    I think a 600$ gift is a small investment , its certainly less than what a billboard ad would cost and much more effective in this social media driven world , if you don't agree with this method , its really not your money to cry about .... its theirs they can spend it and advertise however they want. :)
  • I can see why the question was asked. I get the idea behind celebrity endorsements. I personally have never purchased something cause a celebrity I enjoy was promoting it. I usually get my info from everyday folks that use a product. But I understand that this is a normal part of advertising. And I take no issue with it
  • Celebrity to increase the awareness only
  • IF YOU SMEEEEELLLLLLLLL , WHAT THE ROCK .... IS COOKING !
  • Nice. I'm a huge fan of The Rock. And Nokia. Good match!
  • I approve of this.
  • 8-) what the rock, is cooking !!
  • Giving rich people free stuff never made sense to me. I understand, give it to them for a better chance the will use it but still. Now when I see celebs with cool things I assume it was given to them by the company just to promote it, not because the person wanted it.
  • Because a lot of people are drones and slavishly follow trends. People like to think they're "cool" by having and wearing the same things as popular people. I think it's just sad :P
  • You think I'm sad?
  • If you wear harem pants, then yes :P
  • That's why Kanye west can charge a 120+ $ for a white "Designer" T-Shirt .
  • Yezus!
  • Wonder if he actually got a 1020, or one of the batman logo phones...
  • He needs 3 , because they(the women) are small
  • I want it all.
  • "I want it all ... money, fast cars
    Diamond rings, gold chains and champagne
    S***, everydamn thing"
  • Wrestling is fake
  • You, are quick
  • If by fake you mean scripted and planned for the purpose entertaining the millions (AND MILLIONS!) of fans, then yes, yes it is.
     
    However, having seen the damage these guys walk away with to their bodies, you still take a beating, and it takes an amazing amount of strength and acrobatics to pull it off without killing yourself and others.
     
    I take comfort in the fact that it's faked to the point of entertainment and not just a blood sport.
  • Personally I never understood the appeal, even as a kid which is their target demographic. I'd much rather watch acrobatic hot chicks than muscle freaks :P
  • The millions (AND MILLIONS) approve this comment!
  • And lame!
  • Thank you Einstein for that brilliant revelation.....
  • LoL his gonna go, there is no instagram on this how do i use it.
    Then it proably take him 10 years to work out, that he has use a third party.
     
     
  • The 1020 can upload directly to Instagram from the pro camera app or whatever it called
  • Hipstomatic
  • Those execs are hotttt
  • Hahah that was a joke, right? :P
  • I think he means hot compared to how they couuuld look
  • Dwayne Johnson Rocks!!! *no pun intended*
  • And on tomorrows news: " 'The Rock' is hospitalized with a destroyed foot after he dropped his new Nokia on it"
  • Rofl!
  • What was Nokia's motive for doing this? Why the Rock? Why not me, or Sam, or Daniel????
  • He has a much bigger following. Not to mention that his followers appear to give him a lot of respect. So by seeing him use and love this phone there's no telling how many will want because he uses it.
  • 3310>1020>therock (based on rockness)
  • The rock will take the one, S4, the 5, put them all in a blender to whip them up, freeze them overnight, then the next day, take that frozen block, shine it up real nice, turn it sideways, and stick it straight up htsh$t, samdung and crapple's candy a$$e$.
  • Never cared about celeb product placement and never likes them getting free stuff when they can afford it.
  • You need to take your roody poo candy @$$ to the corner of "know your role" blvd and Jabroni drive and check yourself directly into the smackdown hotel.
  • Lol ! I was gonna say that
  • The rock is a cool dude indeed.
  • the blonde exec with black dress is definitely HOT!!!
  • There was a wrestler in that pic? Sorry, was too busy looking at the women :P
  • The rock + Nokia = The people's champion
  • I guess that 1020 will now be referred to as the "people's phone".
  • +1
  • That's nothing. Jessica Alba owns a Lumia 920!
  • Insert inappropriate comment about Jessica Alba here _____.
  • She's also way hotter...giggity giggity...
  • That's exactly my point ;)
  • Wait. There's some guy that calls himself The Rock? LOL! That's so freaking retarded. I'm sure our brilliant citizenry will elect him into public office soon...
  • It was his stage name when he was wrestling. Relax and no need to be so judgmental.
  • What do you mean with "there's some guy"? You don't know who this is?! Wtf, man?!
  • You don't know the Rock ??? Wow.... You clearly need to check in the smackdown hotel.
  • Sorry to say, but you need to revisit your childhood. Even better if you grow up in the 90s!
  • Nah, that's not it. Even as a child having a certain level of intelligence and being heterosexual I had no interest in Wrestlemania. I had a mentally retarded cousin that was big into it, though. Anyway, congratulations to The Rock. Enjoy the phone and try not to hit anyone over the head with it.
  • Nokia is real, boobs are fake
  • "Get swoll" lol
  • The Rock aspires to one day become the face of Nokia.  Invincible.   
  • This makes me happy Make him a pitchman for Nokia, the Rock
    is awesome
  • Didn't know "thick" is "stupid" Aussie slang only! LOL I chose The Rock. Finally a guy who's taller and stronger than me!
  • I know what rock is cooking
  • Give a L1020 to cristiano ronaldo
  • He may be good in football but he's to stupid to know how to work with a smartphone. He can barely speak his own language...lol
    (yeah, I can say that, I'm Portuguese :P)
  • +1
  • ARE YOU JEALLOUUUUUSSSSS!!!!!!! WHAT THE ROCK......IS USING!
  • I hope the Rock layeths the smackdown on that phone. Nice big elbow drop lol.
  • Nokia, you're more than welcome round my house with your lovely phones... and ladies. :)
  • I can totally see Daniel and Sam watching Tooth Fairy.
  • Why do they have the wpc app linked to the download...
  • I am just taking a shot in the dark. But I would assume that the rock being so famous that someone just searching him and or WP (Nokia, 1020) will find this article. Thereby some who don't know the site well might be inclined to download and see what other news might be covered. Thus increasing the user base of wpc.
  • +1 Or if the Rock sees this article on the 1020 ;)
  • Daniel, fyi the Twitter post has #batphonethuggin after it, so it may not be a 1020 after all.
  • OMG girl on left works at Nokia - i need a new job !
     
  • Cool, maybe this'll help boost the Lumia's rep
  • What you all are experiencing with these girls is a phenomenon called "group hotness". Three or more girls in a group appear hotter together than individually. Try cropping each one solo to see the reverse effect - it's not always pretty. (So my pick is all three.)
  • The cheerleader effect lol
  • ..rich people being gifted phones.. Had to wait 4 years to get my Lumia 620.
    Why would they just give him one anyway, make sure you hire the guy as an ambassador or something, have him use the thing like Jessica Alba does.. I'm overanalyzing this but I'm pissed, so yeah.
     
    Love them executives.
  • I hate to be a downer, but you know that after he plays with it for a day or two, he's going to give it away or throw it in a drawer and go back to his iPhone.
  • My android and iPhone have not been even seen since I got my Lumia 920
  • +1
  • jessical alba is the only one of the celebs that continue to use her Nokia 920. 
  • I know what you mean by puny I gone to a wwe event where he was there im 5,10 215 and and I practically eat dumbbells and he still seemed twice my size I was like wtf this guy is a monster
  • I follow the Rock on both social media accounts. Hopefully I won't see any "Sent from iPhone" :-p
  • Have him in an ad doing the pec-pop of love.
  • Woowoo.... Rock is rocking
  • I love me some ROCK TOO buy buy Lumia 920 hello 1020 damm how far away the 1120 will be
  • Elop never looked so good!
  • Nokia: Because you're such an awesome guy, have a 1020
    Rock: Hey man, thanks!
    And the phone was promptly tossed in a drawer never to be seen again.
  • Well, if he already had AT&T he might switch to it... otherwise, I suspect you're right.
  • Correct
  • Picture certainly does not look that good to me...doesn't look "sharp" and clear.
  • I can't believe I had to scroll through this many comments to get to a comment about photo quality. I would hope this is not a 1020 photo... it's overexposed, a little blurry and no depth of field.
  • I don't think it's a 1020. Look at the hashtags for the twitter post. #batphonethuggin
  • So now besides having the people's elbow and the people's sunglasses, the Rock now has the people's smartphone.
  • Bit desperate Nokia, He will probably stick to his iPhone anyway.
  • exactly what I was thinking, maybe some campaign like smoked by windows phone, or that camera comparison as by MS would be great
  • I'm a big fan of the Rock, too! Diehard wrestling fan here. He's so lucky, and awesome that he's a member of the WP family! Wonder what color 1020 he's getting?
  • Get him and others to promote this phone.
  • I want lumia again
  • Nokia commercial with The Rock in it: FUND IT!!!!!
  • Am I the only who wants the phone and don't care about any of the people in the photo?  Send me a phone Nokia!
  • I know its promotional but let Rock buy his own 1020. Gift me a 1020, I promise to tell everyone I know about it.
  • The steps to get free stuff: Become famous, get rich and wait to receive free stuff from a thousand brands.
  • the best part of the Rock is that hes from the university of miami (fl).
  • I don't know, he may just sell it, how does nokia know he will use it (unless they pay him to do so)
     
    giving it to a poor guy would've been much better advertising :)
  • a: Does he know how to use it? 
    b: Does he need it?
    c: Could he afford one anyway?
    d: Those girls look well happy posing with a sweaty wrestler.
  • I guess we now know what is the "People's Phone"
  • Nokia you ROCK
  • I like this phone Nokia Lumia 1020 since it has a good camera which can shoot in super high resolution and you can zoom really close your images.
    http://www.findacarmadrid.com/
     
     
  • I like this phone Nokia Lumia 1020 since it has camera that can shoot in super high resolution and you can zoom your images really close.
    http://www.findacarmadrid.com/
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  • Uh guys, I don't think he got a 1020. The twitter post has #batphonethuggin after it.
  • Did nobody else realise that he posted this to facebook using the iphone twitter app? The photo is taken by an iphone.
     
    On another note, look between the two women on the right, does anyone else see a blue phone shaped object? Doesn't look like a 1020 or a 925.