Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson brings his stunt double to tears with incredibly generous gift
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson truly is a legend. Once upon a time he was just an athletic young kid riding on the coattails of his wrestler father, Rocky Johnson, when he WWF and also became a wrestler with the name "Rocky Maivia." Back then, he developed a persona as an swaggering, nepotistic heel that wrestling fans loved to hate. Yet when it became clear that his natural charisma made him better suited to be a face, he effortlessly changed gears, changed his name to The Rock, and won the crowds over.
Because of his success in the ring, it was simplicity itself for him to make a name for himself in Hollywood as an actor, and these days The Rock is a major box office draw in his own right. Indeed, 2018 has been a busy year for him, since he's starred in no less than three major blockbusters: the Jumanji reboot, Rampage, and Skyscraper. But he's not just a heavy hitter: he's also a really nice guy with a sensitive side, and he isn't afraid to show a little gratitude to the people closest to him, as this super-sweet video proves.
In an emotional video posted on Instagram, The Rock can be seen handing over the keys to a brand new pickup truck to his stunt double and cousin. Johnson captioned the video: "Over the course of my career, my stunt double (and cousin) Tanoai Reed @samoanstuntman has broken multiple bones, severed tendons, torn ligaments & just been an overall dominating bad ass achieving several 'Stuntman of the Year' honours. All done with one goal in mind - deliver the best movie possible to the world. I had this custom pick up truck delivered just in time to surprise him (he’s still recovering from a stunt injury) while we give what he thought was going to be an interview about our careers together. "
He added: "As you’ll see the moment I put my hands on my hips, that’s the drivers cue to pull away and reveal the big surprise.
Not only does Tanoai represent our family and my career with relentless commitment and passion. He also represents an entire Hollywood stunt community that is truly the backbone of our business. Love you uso and thank you for the blood, sweat, tears and years. We’re just getting started. Enjoy your new truck!"
As you can see, it's clear that Tanoai was pretty touched by his cousin's gift, and looked quite tearful when he hugged him. The surprise was doubled because Tanoai thought that he and The Rock were merely shooting a run-on-the-mill behind the scenes feature, and he had no idea that he was actually getting an early Christmas present. Man, this just makes me wish that I was friends with The Rock; I could really do with a new car or a trip to Vegas in the near future.