Dwayne Johnson Saved His Mum’s Life When She Tried To Commit Suicide
Dwayne Johnson had a tough time filming a particular scene in Ballers as it brought back memories deeply personal to him.
The Fate of the Furious star and overall powerhouse took to Instagram to explain just why the scene rang true to him.
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’ [sic] 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.
Sh*ts 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.
Throughout the course of his career, from his rise to fame in the wrestling world and then eventually Hollywood, Johnson’s mother has been there every step of the way.
The two are often seen pictured together at premieres. On Mother’s Day in 2015, he shared a photo of her crying while eating breakfast on a private plane out of pride for her son.
And she has reason to, a musical is being made about her son. Created and produced by women’s collaboration project Nevertheless, She, the production is set 30 years in the future, in which a teenage girl is living in America under the leadership of a certain Emperor Trumpus.
Nobody has access to the internet, or television, they can’t even vote in a democratic way and everybody has forgotten about just what the past was like.
Well the Winston of this particular dystopia is a girl who becomes obsessed with the legend of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
Speaking to Metro about the origins of the idea, producer Emma shaw said:
It came about as all the best ideas do when we were taking the piss out of one of our friends. She is obsessed with Dwayne Johnson and had alarm clocks and cardboard cut-outs of him.
We were making comments about it and someone mentioned this could be a good idea for a play and it developed from there.
It was a group piss-take which turned into a 60 minute play with ten songs and a full cast.
Now if you think the world of wrestling wouldn’t quite fit with the high brow world of theatre, then Emma reckons you’re wrong. She says WWE is ‘theatre in its purest form’.
She notes the narrative storylines of the wrestling world, and says there are very strong links to theatre and even Shakespeare:
Of course if you go to a very serious show, there are rules and etiquette to be polite, but I’ve seen RSC Shakespeare productions where the audience are totally engaged, laughing and shouting back.
Okay, maybe it’s not hurling abuse like you might see at a wrestling show, but certainly the Globe used to be like that.
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Obviously, The Rock isn’t in the actual play (‘we couldn’t quite afford Dwayne Johsnon!’), so they’ve had to get a puppet to do the job for them, but everyone else is a real person.
In the play, The Rock has been turned into a cult figure, not much unlike he is today, before he disappears overnight.
When he does disappear, everyone pretends he was never there, but the main character won’t forget so easily.