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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Surprises Dad With a New Car, Shares His Inspiring Story

by Raphael Chestang 3:23 PM PST, December 30, 2016
Playing Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Surprises Dad With a New Car, Shares His Inspiring Story

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson might be 2016's Sexiest Man Alive, but he isn't forgetting where he came from.

The 44-year-old action star surprised his dad, Rocky Johnson, with a new car for Christmas.

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In an Instagram post on Friday, Dwayne described his dad as a "minimalist" who never asks for much, and then went on to share his father's heartbreaking story of overcoming all odds as a teenager in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada, and raising one of the world's biggest movie stars.

Bought my dad a Christmas gift and surprised him. He's had a hard life. This one felt good. My dad, Rocky Johnson is a minimalist. Always has been. Never asks me for much and over the years his needs are always the barest. Crazy story, my dad's dad died when he was 13yrs old. That Christmas, my dad's mom had her new boyfriend over for Christmas dinner. Her boyfriend got drunk and pissed on the turkey. My dad went outside, got a shovel, drew a line in the snow and said if you cross that line I'll kill you. The drunk crossed it and my dad laid him out cold as a block of ice. Cops were called. They told my dad's mom that when her boyfriend regains consciousness, he's gonna kill your son so one of them has got to go. In front of the entire family, my dad's mom looked at him and said get out. He was 13yrs old and now homeless. That f*cked up true story happened in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1954. He needed the bare minimum then, just like does now. Over the years, I've moved him into a big home, got him trucks to drive - which he'll literally drive into the ground until I get him something else. Hell, I'll get him anything he wants, but the SOB just won't ask;). Every Christmas, I always think about that story and my dad having every odd stacked against him at 13, but he fought thru it and still made something of himself. Makes me appreciate his struggle and hard work. Also, makes me appreciate the fun times he would beat my ass in the gym so bad when I was 13 and say "If you're gonna throw up, go outside.. and if you're gonna cry, then go home to your mother". I hated it then, but I embrace it now. Made a man outta me. Without pissing on my turkey. 😂👍🏾. Just a small way of saying thank you dad and Merry Christmas! #DwantaClaus🎅🏾

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"My dad's dad died when he was 13yrs old," he wrote. "That Christmas, my dad's mom had her new boyfriend over for Christmas dinner. Her boyfriend got drunk and pissed on the turkey. My dad went outside, got a shovel, drew a line in the snow and said if you cross that line I'll kill you. The drunk crossed it and my dad laid him out cold as a block of ice."

According to Dwayne, police were called to the family's home and gave them an ultimatum.

"They told my dad's mom that when her boyfriend regains consciousness, he's gonna kill your son so one of them has got to go," he continued. "In front of the entire family, my dad's mom looked at him and said get out. He was 13yrs old and now homeless."

Rocky eventually carved out a successful professional wrestling career, becoming a part of the first black tag team to win the World Tag Team Championship in the World Wrestling Federation in 1983.

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"Every Christmas, I always think about that story and my dad having every odd stacked against him at 13, but he fought thru it and still made something of himself," Dwayne wrote. "Makes me appreciate his struggle and hard work."

In passing down the family trade, Rocky pushed his son hard in the gym -- something The Rock, who also gifted his uncle a car last Christmas, admits he wasn't fond of at the time, but now embraces.

"Made a man outta me," he wrote. "Without pissing on my turkey."

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