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'The Most Powerful Things We Can Be Is Ourselves': The Rock Accepts MTV Movie Award Generation Award

Bursting onto the stage after a huge performance of 'We Will Rock You', the man himself energised the audience with his inspiring speech.

First thanking MTV for the award, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson then turned his attention to the audience.

"I want to thank you, the people, the fans, all the people at home. You are the reason I'm getting this," The Rock said.

"When I first got to Hollywood, they didn't know what to do with me," he said, "I was half-black, half-Samoan, six-foot-four, 275-pound pro-wrestler. I was told at that time you've gotta be a certain way."

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The Rock accepting the 'Generation' award. Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP.

He was told to drop weight, stop working out, act a certain way and even was told by Hollywood insiders to stop referring to himself as 'The Rock'.

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"For years, I bought into it, and you think that's what you're supposed to do, and I was miserable. I made a choice: I wasn't gonna conform to Hollywood. Hollywood was going to conform to me."

Adding that there was "another side" to being the authentic version of yourself, The Rock added, "You've got to enjoy the responsibility of bringing everyone with you."

"You do that by being kind, by being compassionate, by being inclusive, and by being good to people, because that matters," he continued, "When I was 15 years old I heard a quote that I'll never forget: It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice."

Johnson was honoured with the Generation award but is no stranger to the MTV Movie and TV Award stage. Back in 2016, The Rock hosted the award show.

He joins other recipients including Jim Carrey, Tom Cruise, Sandra Bullock, Robert Downey Jr, Reese Witherspoon and the entire 'Fast & Furious' franchise.

Featured image: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP.