Meet the Rock’s Cousin who looks exactly like him and works as his Stunt Double in Hollywood
Call him Hercules, Scorpion King the tough cop in the Fast and Furious or Mitch from Baywatch, there’s no denying, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has had it going quite good in Hollywood starring in a number of meaty roles. His days of being a wrestler are well behind him having opted for a career in acting instead. His physical skills too are a huge advantage to this effect but did you know the big secret regarding The Rock?
Like all actors in Hollywood, The Rock too has a stunt double but his stuntman is none other than his very own cousin who looks like him. The man bears a striking resemblance to Dwayne Johnson. Meet the Rock’s cousin Tanoai Reed.
1 Dwayne Johnson is a devoted family man
Johnson is a devoted family man. Not only is he proud of his Polynesian heritage being the grandson of famous Samoan wrestler Peter High Chief Maivia, he dotes on his grandmother like a true loving grandson. His father Rocky Johnson, also a professional wrestler has always been the Rock’s inspiration and real life hero. Johnson is also a loving father to a daughter his biggest reason to keep returning home.
2 The Rock’s lookalike cousin is his stunt double
Dwayne Johnson’s cousin is Hawaiian Tanoai Reed. He is Johnson’s stunt double and what’s uncanny is that he looks just like the Rick himself. Reed is his maternal cousin and the great nephew of Johnson’s grandmother.
Reed and Johnsons are the proud products of his Samoan Polynesian gene pool known for producing the best sportsmen and athletes. Incidentally, Johnson was a star college Football player for the University of Miami.
3 Reed has always been Johnson’s stunt double
The Rock’s cousin Reed has the same bulging biceps like the rock himself. He has been Johnson’s stunt double for 23 years. Like the Rock, he too has to keep super fit in order to perform dangerous stunts. Moreover, he has to maintain his body to look exactly like Johnson. That means if Johnson’s puts on a few kilos, Reed too has to do the same and vice versa.
4 They share a brotherly bond
Johnson had never met Reed earlier. They met instead on the sets of “The Scoprion King” which happened to be Johnson’s first major movie role. Since that time, both have developed a bond and Reed has been taking risks for his cousin.
The camaraderie they both share is evident from tabloid photos they take together and photos on Instagram especially the ones Reed posted when they celebrated Johnson’s 45th birthday.
5 Reed has ambitions of his own
The Rock’s cousin, Reed has been playing a stunt double in Hollywood for several years and most of it for Johnson but his goals are different. His desire is to raise enough money so that he can repair his old high school Gym which is the place where he learnt how to perform his stunts. It goes to show that nobleness runs in the family. Not many people would think of devoting their career earnings to their alma mater.