Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is no stranger to diving around, but as much as his WWF (showing my age there) days may have prepared him for doing just that on the big screen, it turns out there’s another chap who helps him out with it…
And it’s his cousin.
Hawaiian-born Tanoai Reed is the great nephew of Johnson’s grandmother, Lia Maivia and it’s fair to say he and The Rock share certain genetics. Namely, being built like an absolute fucking brick shithouse.
It seems this trait is quite abundant in the Rock family blood; you only have to take a look at Dwayne’s dad for proof of that:
Dwayne’s dad Rocky Johnson (Credit: WWE)
Turns out the pair actually come from wrestling stock. The two cousins are part of the Anao’i family, a wrestling dynasty that goes back several generations.
Granted, Reed was never actually a wrestler, but he was a gladiator on American Gladiator(or simply Gladiator to our American readers), which on the badass-o-meter is pretty much level pegging.
Reed was working as a stuntman from as early as 1995, but he first doubled for his cousin in 2002’s The Scorpion King – Dwayne Johnson’s breakthrough role.
Since those early days, Johnson has gone on to become the world’s highest-paid actor; he’s got roles flying in left, right and centre and Reed has been jumping out of shit and pretending to get blown up for him the entire time.
Reed has featured on a lot of titles, including Faster, The Other Guys, Pain & Gain, San Andreas and the Fast & Furious franchise. Most recently he doubled for Johnson in this year’s Baywatch movie.
But Reed isn’t the only stunt performer in the family – his wife is a stunt double too.
As well as doing stunts in a lot of the same films as her husband, Suzanne Reed has featured in titles including Piranha 3-D, Jack and Jill, Project X and Jurassic World.
When the couple aren’t busy defying death on set they’re busy supporting their son, Samson, who followed in his parents’ athletic footsteps recently when he accepted an offer to play for the Virginia Cavaliers.
As far as talented families go, we’d say this one is up there.
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