Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has once again showed the world that he is indeed a hero — that too in real life. The former WWE wrestler/actor has a heart of gold when it comes to matters of the heart. Johnson has always taken plenty of time off from his work to meet his fans and this time around it is no different on the set of his latest movie Baywatch.
Just a few days ago, the 43-year-old actor temporarily stopped filming of his latest movie Baywatch so he could greet a special needs fan named Ryan and his family. Later, the actor said on Instagram that the family was willing to wait until the end of filming but "that would've [been] 12hrs", which was "way too long".
The Furious 7 actor walked across the beach to greet Ryan, who was accompanied by his brother, mother and nurse. The actor said Ryan's mother was waiting for him with a huge hug.
"I was on set this morning ready to start our shooting day when I got word that there was a family with a special needs young man named RYAN who was hoping to meet me. They understood that they travelled in unannounced but they were willing to wait all day until I wrapped to meet. That would've 12hrs. Way too long," Johnson wrote.
"So I asked production to hold and walked across the beach to the barriers where they were waiting. When I walked down the stairs, Ryan's mom (pictured here) was waiting with a huge hug! Her tears started to come as she whispered, 'Thank you, thank you'. I met Ryan, his brother and his nurse. What a great and cool kid. Without getting into the details, this kid has waaaaaay more heart, is stronger and tougher than I could ever imagine," he said.
"He can't talk much, but he did tell me, 'I love you' in sign language. I thanked him so much for that love," he said. "I walked away from this family so grateful to have met them and Ryan. I don't ever take meetings like this for granted and when that mama hugged me today and I felt her start to cry... that stuff gets me every single time I hug a parent in these situations, because I'm a parent too and will do anything to make my babies happy and put a smile on their faces," he said.
The actor also expressed his gratefulness at being allowed to bring joy to people who are in difficult situations.
"I know I'm a lucky guy to be in this position and have this platform. I'm grateful and moments like this will always, ALWAYS be the best part of my job. Stay strong Ryan and thanks for teaching me how to sign language buddy. Great meeting you and your family," he said. "Thank you universe."
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