Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is many things: the People’s Champion, Hollywood A-lister, bona fide superstar, the list goes on and on.
But what people fail to realise is that The Rock is so much more than that.
He’s also, as his name implies, The Rock.
Lest you’re unaware, the man has performed superhuman feats that extend way beyond the big screen. Or the small screen.
For one, he once forced himself through an entire WWE match even with a potentially career-threatening tear in his side. For two, he was invited to ‘smack some sense‘ into the famed La Lakers team. And more recently, he conquered the indomitable Covid-19 pathogen.
To the naked eye, he’s a bald, buff dude with a giant smile. But to the casual analyst…
He’s a superhero masquerading as a bald, buff dude with a giant smile.
Dwayne Johnson, The Rock, Ripped Out His Own House Gate
Just when you thought Dwayne Johnson could not possibly get any more massive, he has done it again.
This time, in true giant fashion.
According to an Instagram post by the People’s Champion, The Rock had been on his way to work when the worst possible work-blocker imaginable occurred:
Due to a power outage that was inflicted upon by several storms, his front gate was unable to open.
Truly, it was blasphemous. And yet at the same time…
It was a determiner of who was mortal, and who was clearly not.
According to the absolute monster of a man, he had tried overriding the hydraulic system to open the gates, but it was to no avail on this particular occasion.
He then made some calls to see how fast he could get the gate tech on-site, but as it turns out…
He “didn’t have 45min to wait”.
And so, The Rock, bearing the expectations of hundreds of production crew members (who were waiting for him to come to work), did the next most logical thing in that scenario:
He pulled the gate out. With his bare hands.
“Tore it out of the brick wall,” he wrote. “Severed the steel hydraulics and threw it on the grass.”
Yeah, he just spoke of it like it was a very common, everyday thing to do…
Which, in hindsight, was probably just that for this particular bald, buff dude with a giant smile.
Scaring The Technicians & Security Guards
But in the end, it seems that not everyone was accustomed to such a ‘Dwayne Johnson’ routine.
According to Black Adam, who sometimes goes by the alternative name of Dwayne Johnson, his security team had met up with the gate technician and welders around an hour later…
And they were, apparently, “in disbelief and equally scared”.
But it was all, The Rock wrote, well-validated as he had a legitimate reason to pull out a whole goddamn gate with his bare hands for.
“Not my finest hour, but I had to go to work,” he wrote.
Well, you do need to work to feed your family, so I totally get where the man’s coming from.
However, while The Rock was terrifying his own security team and gate technician and welders with his antics, Netizens did not feel so much of fear…
As they felt sheer amazement.
Many, in particular, demanded footage of the incident, presumably to use it as their all-new motivational video of 2020. Though with all things considered, The Rock’s AOE effect would probably have disrupted the flow of all nearby security cameras.
However, it should be noted that incredibly, not all professed amazement at The Rock’s feat of superhuman strength.
As Wade Wilson, whose alternative name is Ryan Reynolds, so wisely pointed out:
It could have just swung the other way.
But in the end, one person seems to have put it best:
And that, my dear ladies and gentlemen, is how The Rock became the first Hollywood A-lister to take his movie scenes onto the real screen.
Or in other words, 8D.
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Not my finest hour 🤦🏽♂️, but a man’s gotta go to work. We experienced a power outage due to severe storms, causing my front gate not to open. I tried to override the hydraulic system to open the gates, which usually works when power goes out – but this time it wouldn’t. Made some calls to see how fast I can get the gate tech on site, but I didn’t have 45min to wait. By this time, I know I have hundreds of production crew members waiting for me to come to work so we can start our day. So I did what I had to do. I pushed, pulled and ripped the gate completely off myself. Tore it out of the brick wall, severed the steel hydraulics and threw it on the grass. My security team was able to meet the gate technician and welders about an hour later — and they were apparently, “in disbelief and equally scared” 🤣 Not my finest hour, but I had to go to work. And I think I’m 💯 ready to be #blackadam 😄💪🏾 #ripgates
He Wasn’t In The Mood
After his post went viral (even more viral than usual, I might add), The Rock followed up with another Instagram post, this time showcasing the destruction in video-form and detailing the reason why he had not just called an Uber instead.
“Maybe next time I’ll just hop the gates and call an Uber,” he admitted, perhaps in response to responses on his previous post. But this brief lapse of The Rock acting out of character soon dissolved rapidly.
“Actually, no I won’t,” he continued.
“There’s no fun in that.”
Well, he’s terrifying alright.
Thankfully, it proved to be a joke. A cold-blooded one, but still a joke.
“Jokes aside, THANK YOU to the techs and welders who mobilized very quickly in the morning to come over and take care of the destruction,” he wrote.
He then lamented how he was just not feeling it, a notion that would have happened to the best of us at some point.
“We’ve all been there,” he said.
And though it does sound relatable enough…
I highly doubt that we will go and yank entire gates out of their positions just because we’re not feeling it.
Work-related or not.
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Well here’s the destruction 🤦🏽♂️ I left behind after pulling my gates off myself and going to work. This footage was taken from my security after I had already left and he arrived on the scene. The second video is of our technicians and welders carrying one of the gates and placing it gently in the grass. As you guys know from my last post, there was a power outage at my house, causing my gates to not open. Sure as hell wasn’t my best hour, but there were a lot of people waiting for me at work so I did what I had to do, hopped in my pick up and went to work. Maybe next time I’ll just hop the gates and call an Uber. Actually, no I won’t. There’s no fun in that 😈 Jokes aside, THANK YOU to the techs and welders who mobilized very quickly in the morning to come over and take care of the destruction. Thank you, gentlemen. Just one of those days where I wasn’t in the mood. We’ve all been there. 🥃 #ripgates
On a side note, The Rock seems to be back to work on filming RED NOTICE, a much-anticipated Netflix production film that stars the People’s Champion, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds.
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The world has changed and so has our process – we are officially back to work on filming RED NOTICE. A very productive first week back of work, but certainly not without some angst and anxiety, but overall our incredible crew remained focused, disciplined and executed brilliantly all week long. We have implemented the most aggressive health and safety Covid measures in all of Hollywood, but as I shared with our crew yesterday, we’re all still in beta phase with no “COVID playbook” to reference. We’re an agile crew — learning on the go and we will create the blueprint for how effective a large scale production can operate during a pandemic. Proud to go shoulder to shoulder with our entire crew on this game changer. In the mean time I’ll continue to screw up my lines and pretend to listen to my director/writer here @rawsonthurber as he shows me my firing target 🎯 The world’s most wanted art thief. An FBI profiler. And the greatest conman the world has never known. #RedNotice @netflix @sevenbucksprod @flynnpictureco @masistills 📸
Well, I’m certainly glad that a mere gate has not served to deter the film from being made then.
Because that is one movie I would most definitely want to catch. ASAP.
And so, we hope that The Rock’s working career will no longer be obstructed by such ‘petty interferences’, as in the end…
We wouldn’t want another poor gate to meet such a terrifying demise.
Rest in peace, gate. You’ll be missed.