Dwayne Johnson posted a video of himself yesterday as he surprised an audience gathered to watch his hit Netflix movie, Red message, on the big screen. Johnson gave free concessions, shoes, tequila, energy drinks and ice cream to everyone.
“I also wanted to do something BIG … something MASSIVE … something unforgettable for a fan,” he later wrote.
At the front of the auditorium, he told the audience that he had something even more special in store for one of them.
“There’s a guy here, I read his story, and I was really impressed with his story. I want to highlight him,” Johnson told the audience. “His name is Oscar Rodriguez.”
A floor-covered Rodriguez hurried forward and got a big hug from the star. That was not all he got.
Johnson went on to deliver Rodriguez his own It’s a wonderful life moment of saying, “Your story really touched me.” The star then read a laundry list of the good Rodriguez does in the world: He takes care of his 75-year-old mother. He is a personal trainer who helps people get in shape. He is the leader of his church. He provides support and meals to women who are victims of domestic violence. He is a Navy veteran and, perhaps most importantly, a friendly human being.
“I’m just speechless,” said the veteran, “I feel so uplifted.” He then told Johnson that he follows him on Instagram.
That bit is the key, because when the star led Rodriguez outside to check out his custom, reinforced truck in the parking lot, Rodriguez recognized it from social media: “I can not tell you how many times I’ve seen you in this truck!”
“That is my truck, “the superstar told him,” and now it’s your truck! “
As an overwhelmed Rodriguez began to cry, Johnson told him, “You’re doing a lot of good for people, brother. The gym. The church. Your mother. Women. Women who need that support. Who’s going through it.”
Why his own truck? Johnson explained that he originally wanted to give the vet a Porsche.
“My original idea was to give away the Porsche Taycan that I drive in the movie, Red message. So we contacted Porsche, but they said no. So Johnson reached into his own pocket.
“Oscar said it right just before he drove away ~ it’s just love,” Johnson later wrote. “That’s all it is, brother. Just love. Enjoy your new truck dude and Merry Christmas to you and your family !!!”