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July 16, 2019

See Dwayne Johnson's Photo of His Granddad and French Wrestler André the Giant

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Dwayne Johnson expresses his regret in not being able to spar with two wrestling greats as he shares an adorable photo of his grandfather during playtime with Andre the Giant.

Dwayne Johnson always delivers the cutest Instagram posts and his latest is by far the most memorable. The pic he shares is so rare and yet sweet and funny, much like the actor. 

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A "CRAZY THROWBACK"

Dwayne is known to many as a big, tough guy, but he recently revealed his strength would go unnoticed compared to the two men he featured in his post – his grandfather, wrestler Peter Maivia and the man he refers to as the “8th Wonder of the World,” Andre the Giant. 

“What a crazy throwback from the 70’s,” the “Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw” star begins to caption his post. “Here’s the “8th Wonder of the World” André the Giant, using my 315lb grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia as a booster seat and making my granddad look like a little boy.”

Dwayne revealed in October that his inspiration for his role as Maui in Moana was actually his grandfather.

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The pic is as Dwayne describes it. A towering Andre sits on the lap of the A-list star’s grandfather who smiles as he tries to carry his French pal’s weight. Both professional wrestlers, they had a strong bond, Dwayne says.

“They were the best of friends, wrestled nightly, tough as hell and as you can see by their smiles and open energy – they lived like to the absolute fullest.” 

“Would have loved to have raised a tequila with these men.”

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WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN

A professional wrestler like his grandson, Peter died of cancer in 1982 when Dwayne was only a boy, leaving him with not many memories to cherish. “I never got to know him as a man,” the 47-year-old actor regrets. Meanwhile, Andre who starred as Fezzik in “The Princess Bride” died in his sleep in 1993 after a 30-year wrestling career. He was 46. 

Staring at the photo, Dwayne says he “Would have loved to have raised a tequila with these men.” He also wished he had the chance to wrestle with them. “Those would’ve been fun ass kickin’s for me to take,” he predicted.

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 INSPIRED BY HIS GRANDFATHER

Dwayne revealed in October that his inspiration for his role as Maui in Moana was actually his grandfather. In fact, he shared a photo of Peter and Maui side by side and their similarities are uncanny. 

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In April, the actor paid tribute to the late wrestler by visiting his grave which was side by side with his wife, Fuataga Mavia. Dwayne revealed it was a “much needed” break to be visiting his grandparents amid his busy schedule.

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A TRUE ACTION HERO  

Speaking of his hectic schedule, Dwayne is set to appear in the nth installment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise which focuses on his character, Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Shaw. 

The film which is set to be released in theaters in August 2, premiered this weekend in Hollywood with a slight glitch. An electrical outlet in the cinema caused sparks of fire prompting guests to flee their seats. After the problem was addressed, Dwayne took the stage to entertain the audience and calm them down like the true action hero he is.  

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