Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson posted a heartwarming video on Instagram on Monday revealing the surprise gift he gave his stunt double Tanoai Reed to thank him for 17 years of work.
The 46-year-old actor gifted Reed, who is also Johnson’s cousin, with a custom pickup truck.
Reed had just returned to work following an injury and he thought he and Johnson were filming a behind-the-scenes clip.
The Ballers star keeps a straight face in the video, while putting his hands on his hips to signal for the truck to be revealed.
“The Scorpion King was our first movie together,” Reed says, referencing Johnson’s 2002 Mummy spinoff.
“When I saw him, I was like, ‘Oh, my God! Looks like my twin!’” Johnson adds. “The truth is, he’s been an incredible partner and brother to me.”
Johnson turns towards Reed and says, “It’s been an honour, Uso , and I want to say from my bottom of my heart, I love you, I thank you, and, um, enjoy your new truck.”
Reed then turns around and sees the pickup truck behind him and sheds a few tears sees the gift.
“Thank you, man. Thank you so much,” Reed says.
“Seventeen years of him giving his blood, his sweat. I mean, this is a small token of my appreciation,” Johnson tells the camera.
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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 has broken multiple bones, severed tendons, torn ligaments & just been an overall dominating bad a** achieving several “Stuntman of the Year” honours,” Johnson wrote in the video’s caption.
He continued: “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!” Johnson wrote.
Reed took to Twitter to express his thanks to Johnson again for the truck. He posted photos of himself and the former WWE wrestler with the new custom pickup truck, writing, “Some awesome photos that brother @hhgarcia41 took of this amazing and beautiful surprise. Thank you for capturing this 🙏🏽 #BlessedBeyondBelief.”
— Tanoai Reed (@Tanoai1) July 30, 2018
Watch Johnson surprise Reed in the video above.
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