Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has come a long, long way in his career. After his professional football dreams were dashed, The Rock decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and train for a career in professional wrestling.
His dynamic personality in the ring made him a star in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and later World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
His personality also lent itself well to his Hollywood crossover. In 2002, he starred in his first film, The Scorpion King. Since then, he’s starred in countless action-packed flicks, including his roll in The Fast and the Furious franchise. This year alone has seen him in three blockbuster action movies, and he’s just warming up.
Behind every great action movie star in an even gutsier stunt double. In The Rock’s case, that stunt double is his cousin, Tanoai Reed. The Rock recently decided to show his appreciation for all the hard work that Tanoai does with a special surprise that warmed our hearts.
The Rock has had an unstoppable year.
Dwayne has enjoyed quite the successful year with the releases of Rampage and Skyscraper.
You can’t help but know he totally deserves it when you see how hard he works.
Despite his physically dominating presence, there’s no doubting The Rock has a soft side. He’s a celebrity who is dedicated to giving back.
Dwayne didn’t achieve all of this alone, of course. He’s an outspoken believer in success being the result of a team effort. One of the members of his team who makes his success possible is his cousin and stunt double, Tanoai Reed.
A quick look might make you think this is yet another silly picture of The Rock and his Jumanji co-star, Kevin Hart. But it’s actually Tanoai and Kevin Hart’s stunt double.
The Rock set up a special surprise for Tanoai.
Dwayne told Tanoai that they were filming some behind-the-scenes footage for a project. Tanoai had no idea that there was a surprise in store.
After expressing gratitude for his hard work, Dwayne presented Tanoai with a brand-new truck!
Both Dwayne and Tanoai shared the special moment on Instagram. The Rock had this to say: “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’ honors.”
As you can imagine, stunt work is physically taxing. Dwayne appreciates all Tanoai has gone through to execute these stunts.
The moment is heartwarming not only for their family but also for a community of stunt people who often go unrecognized. “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,” he wrote.
Tanoai was floored by The Rock’s generosity and made it clear that the admiration is reciprocated. “I’m still in complete shock from the surprise and so very humbled by his gesture of gratitude and post below. I’m truly blessed with the most amazing brother/boss/friend in @therock and the amazing team he surrounds himself with has truly become my extended family.”
Longtime fans of The Rock are happy to see that he’s just as genuine as a Hollywood figure as he’s been in the rest of his career.
They also respect that he takes care of the members of his team. Many celebrities don’t give enough credit to the people around them who make their careers possible, so it’s nice to see someone as big as The Rock spreading the love.
It’s awesome of The Rock to show gratitude on such a level. Let’s hope more Hollywood stars follow suit!