Johnson invited fans for a screening and found out as much information as he could about all of them. One story stood out, and he decided to surprise them in a "massive" way.
A Navy veteran, who does so much for so many people, got a very special surprise from one of his heroes, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
Johnson parted ways with his own custom-made truck so that the Navy veteran, Oscar Rodriguez, could have it. The movie star felt like it was the least he could do to appreciate Rodriguez for the many things he does for his community.
The heartwarming surprise came about after Johnson decided to do something very special for his fans. He invited some of them for a very screening of his new movie, Red Notice, and found out as much information as he could about the fans attending.
The one person that stood out from the bunch was Rodriguez, whose story moved Johnson to do something "big" and "massive."
'ROCK' SOLID REWARD: @TheRock moved Navy vet Oscar Rodriguez to tears recently when he handed him the keys to his own personal truck after hearing stories of how Rodriguez was giving back to the community. https://t.co/KhRwjUscei pic.twitter.com/eICoklpsD2— Newsmax (@newsmax) November 26, 2021
"I gathered as much information as I could about everyone in the audience and ultimately, Oscar’s story moved me," Johnson wrote on Instagram.
Johnson then gave a short description about Rodriguez: "Takes care of his 75-year-old mom. Personal trainer. Leader at his church. Provides support and meals for women victimized by domestic violence. Proud & humble Navy veteran. Kind human being."
The actor originally had another idea to reward Rodriguez. But when that fell through, he decided to give his own personal Ford Raptor truck to the man.
"My original idea was to give away the Porsche Taycan, that I drive in the movie, Red Notice. So we reached out to Porsche, but they said no," Johnson explained. "But I still said, yes. I’ll do one better. I’ll give away my personal custom truck as the gift. My baby."
On the day of the big surprise, Johnson walked into the screening he had planned and put a smile on every fan's face in the theatre. The actor then talked about wanting to highlight one man in the audience. And he then invited Rodriguez to join him at the front.
“Your story really moved me because I hear that you’re a personal trainer, you’re always keeping it positive and motivational and optimistic,” Johnson told Rodriguez in front of the audience, according to Global News.
Rodriguez was immensely taken aback and overjoyed to see his hero, who inspires him on a daily basis, acknowledge him for the things he does. He was even more shocked when Johnson had another surprise waiting for him outside. The man instantly broke down when he realized he would be behind the wheel of the very same truck Johnson was driving around.
"I just hope and pray that this will inspire other people, will lift other people up," Rodriguez told ABC7 about the heartwarming encounter he had with Johnson.
In a video Rodriguez later put up on social media, he said: "I woke up today, counted my blessings. It's Thanksgiving. There's just so much to be thankful for. Just grateful that The Rock hooked me up with this whip. I'm gonna use it, baby. I'm gonna use it to encourage people and help people. And bring a lot of cheer to people. Rock, you the man."
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