Michael Bay offered me Transformers, but I was unavailable due to Hercules. Then Wahlberg was offered the role. #RockTalk @nadydi — Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 26, 2013Now whether or not it’s a better idea for The Rock to venture out on the Brett Ratner-directed Hercules: The Thracian Wars is up for debate – after all, playing Conan the Barbarian unfortunately didn’t work out so well for Jason Momoa, so taking on characters once played by Arnold Schwarzenegger has a tricky track record. But then again, The Rock is in a category entirely of his own at this point, capable of jumping from Wrestlemania to kids’ movies to R-rated comedy The Other Guys to bonkers violence like Pain & Gain and only getting more and more popular. It’s not really so much The Rock’s loss that he doesn’t get to be in Transformers 4 – he’ll be perfectly fine. But now that we know he should have been it, the movie will inevitably seem worse without him, don’t you think?