Dwayne Johnson is sharing a little bit of his well-known household historical past.
The 47-year-old actor posted a uncommon black-and-white picture of his grandfather Excessive Chief Peter Maivia and the enduring French wrestler André the Big.
“What a crazy throwback from the 70’s ,” Johnson started within the caption. “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.”
The friendship between André, who was born André René Roussimoff and starred as Fezzik in The Princess Bride, and Maivia was robust, Johnson wrote.
“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,” he continued. “My grandfather died when I boy so I never got to know him as a man. Would’ve loved to have raised a tequila with these men.”
He added, “Would’ve additionally cherished to have wrestled them too – these would’ve been enjoyable a— kickin’s for me to take #thegiant #andthehighchief .”
Maivia was additionally knowledgeable wrestler like his good friend and grandson. He died in 1982 of most cancers earlier than being inducted posthumously into the WWE Corridor of Fame by Johnson.
In October 2017, the actor revealed his character Maui in Moana was partly impressed by Maivia.
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Johnson paid his respects to his grandfather and grandmother Ofelia Fuataga Maivia when he visited their graves in April.
“Double shot of tequila for him. Lovely lei for her. So good to spend some alone time with my grandma and grandpa in the present day right here in Hawaii,” Johnson captioned the picture. “Life is so wildly hectic and unpredictable. But it’s amazing how slowing down to sit and talk with the spirits of your loved ones can recalibrate your soul.”
“A lot wanted. Coronary heart is full. Love you each and I’ll preserve my promise ,” he concluded.