One of Hollywood’s highest paid actors, Pacific Islander / Samoan, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, whose recent movie Skyscraper took the number one spot at the box office, posted a video of he and his stunt double, Tanoai Reed.
Johnson delivered an emotional message of thanks on Facebook (he’s standing next to the stuntman in the video). "He's been an incredible partner and brother to me," Johnson says regarding Reed. "It's been an honor and I want to say from the bottom of my heart, I love you, I thank you, and enjoy your new truck."
Reed looks astonished and is immediately brought to tears.
Johnson’s post has gone viral with over 1.2 million views.
“SURPRISE!” He says, “Over the course of my career, my stunt double (and cousin) Tanoai Reed has broken multiple bones, severed tendons, torn ligaments & just been an overall dominating bad ass achieving several “Stuntman of the Year” honors… 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.”
“...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. Enjoy your new truck!”
The custom black truck, which sports a huge red bow, is clearly appreciated by Tanoai Reed, who is recovering from surgery.
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