Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson recently shared a post on his official Instagram account which is just a picture from his set but has a deeper meaning. He posted a picture where he is toasting a can of beer to the dead brother of his fictional character in ‘Ballers’ . Dwayne shared a personal fact from his life which not many people know. He saved his own mother from a suicide attempt about 30 years ago when she simply tried to walk out of the car towards the incoming traffic and he had to grab her.
Not your typical scene on our comedy #ballers, as I cracked a beer open toasting my character’s brother, William who committed suicide. Got me thinkin’ though bout how many of us have been affected by suicide of our friends, family. Struggle and pain is real. We’ve all been there on some level or another. My mom tried to check out when I was 15. She got outta the car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic. Big rigs and cars swerving outta the way not to hit her. I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road. What’s crazy about that suicide attempt is to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever. Probably best she doesn’t. Shits of a scene to shoot – didn’t like it – but it did reminder that we always gotta do our best to really pay attention when people are in pain. Help ’em thru it, get ’em talkin’ about the struggle and remind ’em that they’re not alone. We got lucky that day when I was 15 and that ain’t always the case.
Dwayne has always been vocal about his wonderful and close knit relationship with his mother. In 2015, he shared another emotional post about his mom got emotional and told him how proud she was for all the success that came his way.
Cool Mother’s Day story.. early am flight and I’m sittin’ across from my mom when out of the blue she looks around the plane, then looks at me and says “Son, I can’t believe the life I have.. grandma and grandpa would be so proud.” I asked her, “Are you happy ma?”. Just then the flight attendant placed my moms breakfast down on the table and my mom said to me, “Am I happy?.. I used to worry about how I was going to buy groceries for us and now I just had my breakfast placed down in front of me”. She bursts into tears and says “Yes, son I couldn’t be happier”. This is the woman who when I was 14yrs old we were evicted out of our apartment in Hawaii ’cause we couldn’t afford the $180 per week rent. At this moment Im shaking my head and smiling quietly (as my mom blows her nose;) ’cause she just told me she’s happy. And y’all know when our parents tell us they’re happy, its so satisfying for us, ’cause it means we’ve done a good job for them as their kids. Happy Mother’s Day to all the deserving amazing mamas out there. And Happy Mother’s Day to my amazing mom who will no doubt kill me for posting this crying pic. #EnjoyBreakfastMom #GratefulTears #TryNotCryInTheEggs
Watching your mom trying to end her life is not a small thing. It is a life altering situation that forces you to question many things in life. Dwayne and his family had to go through a rough patch in his teenage years but even though it is history now, the emotions associated with these kind of things stay in your heart all your life.
Happy Mothers Day to all mothers in the world !ðŸ˜Šâ?¤ï¸? #DwayneJohson #AtaJohnson #BeautifulMotherBeautifulSon #Great #HappyMothersDay ðŸ’Ž
The Rock is not just on-screen hero but a real life hero as well, who believes in leading by example and the message he gives out to his fans are not always mere string of words, but influenced from his own experiences that perhaps shaped him.