Dwayne Johnson and Aulii Cravalho voice the lead characters in Disney's upcoming animated film 'Moana' (Image: therock/Instagram)
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Hawaii boy Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has really hit the big time now.
The wrestler-turned-Hollywood heavyweight was just named the highest paid male actor of the year.
Johnson nabbed the top spot on Forbes' annual ranking, beating out Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., who topped the list for the last three consecutive years.
This has been a banner year for Johnson with a payday of about $64.5 million -- more than double his 2015 earnings, according to Forbes.
But even at the top, he hasn't forgotten his tough start.
"I grew up on the island through hard times and good times," he wrote this week on Instagram.
"Hell, I used to steal a Snickers candy bar every day from 7-Eleven when I walked to the gym as my pre-workout meal when I was 14 years because I was too broke to buy one."
Much of his 2016 earnings came from upfront fees for movies that are still in production.
Among them are two Hawaii-based films. He voices the lead male character, the demigod "Maui", in Disney's animated film "Moana".
He is also starring in a sequel to the Robin Williams hit "Jumanji", which will film mostly in Hawaii.
"It's such a cool thing for me to bring the production of this movie to Hawaii. The positive ripple effect it has on local businesses and families in terms of creating jobs and additional income makes me very happy," he said.
"It means a lot to this local boy."
And when he comes back to Hawaii for the film, he says he'll return to that 7-Eleven on Kapiolani Boulevard and actually pay for the Snickers bars he stole as a teen.