Dwayne Johnson gave his stunt double/cousin a custom truck

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A lot of actors have given their supporting cast and crew some great wrap gifts. Remember when Adam Sandler gave his Grown Ups co-stars Maseratis after shooting was over? Well, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson can be added to the list of actors who give good gifts. He gave a truck to the hardest working man on his action flicks, most recently, Rampage. The recipient of this generous gift was Dwayne’s stunt double and cousin, Tanoai Reed.

In a video Dwayne posted to Instagram on Monday, he played “Dwanta Claus.” During a staged “behind-the-scenes” interview, the old his cousin (who was still recovering from a stunt-related injury), “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.” He then revealed a gorgeous, souped-up truck, complete with obligatory big red bow. Upon seeing the gift, Tanoai, the real-life action hero, burst into tears (and so did I, to be honest), and gave Dwayne a huge bear hug. If there’s a line for Tanoai hugs, please point me in that direction immediately.

In the caption, Dwayne detailed some of the injuries “bad ass” Tanoai has received while working on over 50 movies. He’s had broken bones, torn ligaments and severed tendons, all as a result of his passion to “deliver the best movie possible to the world.” He added, “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.”

SURPRISE! I love handing over keys🔑🎁 I love you brother and enjoy your new truck! 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. 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. 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! #LetsRoll 🤟🏾

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I love this video. I had something in my eye, so this helped to wash it out. And there’s definitely a family resemblance here, as Tanoai is as handsome and beefy as his cousin. Yowza. I also love Dwayne. I haven’t watched a lot of his movies (action flicks aren’t really my “thing”), but he seems like a genuinely sweet guy, and I’d love to hang out with him. A quick clip from the set of the upcoming Disney movie Jungle Cruise backs up my sentiments about him. He’s got great rapport with his co-star, Emily Blunt, and I can’t imagine it’s just a put-on. I wonder what she’ll get as a wrap gift when that movie finished filming? My money’s on a tricked-out Jeep. Guess we’ll just have to see.

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  1. Tonya says:


  2. Natalie S says:

    Severed tendons?!

    Also, IDK, maybe be a little more discreet when it comes to personal generosity? He could have celebrated the guy without including that he gave him a truck. It is a very sweet video but IDK.

    • Léna says:

      yeah, I feel the same, really all about performative generosity

    • Snowflake says:

      Well, cousin got a truck. Still cost money DJ didn’t have to spend.

    • Dita von Katzhausen says:

      That is one way to see it. But it also, you don’t know how many of these nice things he does with the cameras turned off. Maybe many, maybe none. In any case, it is a nice gesture, and it made me smile. Nowadays, there aren’t many things on the internet that make me smile, so that is always appreciated.

  3. Jane says:

    One of the many reasons why I love the Rock.

  4. Beth says:

    What a nice guy. The Rock seems like such a sweetheart

  5. Mrs. G says:

    This man can do no wrong.

  6. Snowflake says:

    Oh damn, I’ll take cuz. Call me

  7. HerHighness says:

    mmmmmmm daymmmm Id luv to be in the middle of that brolic 2 man muscle embrace yummmmmmm

  8. Ange says:

    So is the rest of the family built like that? A friend wants to know…

  9. Lily says:

    With all the bad stuffs that have been going around in this world, video like this is like a ray of sunshine after a thunderstorm. We need more videos like this to inspire others, spread the smile and make this world less gloomy. Anyway, better this than some narcissistic videos

  10. Pandy says:

    I want to like him but the fact that he thinks he’s presidential material makes me dislike him. A lot.