Saturday 20 October 2018

Dwayne Johnson proves he's the nicest man in movies with surprise gift for stunt double

Dwayne Johnson and his stunt double and cousin Tanoai Reed. PIC Dwayne Johnson/Instagram
Dwayne Johnson and his stunt double and cousin Tanoai Reed. PIC Dwayne Johnson/Instagram
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Dwayne Johnson made his stunt double shed a tear or two of joy this week with a surprise gift.

The Skyscraper star handed over the keys of a custom pick up truck to Tanoai Reed, who has been his stunt double for 17 years, and who also happens to be his cousin.

Tanoai thought he was being filmed for an interview about their long careers working together on various movies, starting with The Scorpion King.

However, just as they began chatting, Johnson surprised him with his new truck, leaving Tanoai, who is currently recovering from a stunt injury, gobsmacked and emotional.

Dwayne Johnson and his stunt double and cousin Tanoai Reed. PIC Dwayne Johnson/Instagram
Dwayne Johnson and his stunt double and cousin Tanoai Reed. PIC Dwayne Johnson/Instagram
Dwayne Johnson and his stunt double and cousin Tanoai Reed. PIC Dwayne Johnson/Instagram

The star shared a video of the moment on Instagram, writing, "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."

Watch the moment unfold:

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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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