“It’s not a dream. My dad’s gone”: Dwayne Johnson Was Traumatized By His Father’s Death While Filming With Gal Gadot Despite Their Rocky Relationship

Dwayne Johnson Was Traumatized By His Father’s Death While Filming With Gal Gadot Despite Their Rocky Relationship
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Dwayne Johnson’s remarkable achievements in the entertainment industry can be attributed to his innate talent, unwavering dedication, and unparalleled work ethic. These qualities have allowed millions of people to look up to him. It can be argued that his late father, Rocky Johnson, instilled some of these life-changing values in him.

Dwayne Johnson misses his late father dearly
Dwayne Johnson misses his late father dearly

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You might be aware of the complex relationship between the two, as evidenced by the numerous headlines it has generated. Johnson has affirmed that he was raised on “tough love.” Despite the difficulties in their past, the former professional wrestler still holds great admiration towards his childhood hero, the Soul Man.


On what could’ve marked his father’s 79th birthday, the wrestler-turned-actor, who is 51 years old, reflected on how much he still misses him.

Dwayne Johnson Is Grateful For His Father’s Valuable Lessons

Dwayne Johnson appreciates everything his father taught him
The Rock appreciates everything his father taught him

Following Rocky Johnson’s birthday on August 24th, Dwayne Johnson opened up about how hard it has been to deal with his father’s passing. The pro-wrestling icon, often regarded as a “trailblazer” within the wrestling world, passed away on January 15, 2020, due to a medical condition known as pulmonary embolism. He was 75 years old at the time of his death.

Contemplating his father’s passing, Johnson expressed that amidst the tribulations and heartache, he felt a drive to seek out the blessings hidden around him. Following was what his emotional Instagram post detailed:


“Happy heavenly birthday, dad. Rough day yesterday, but forced me to search for those silver lining blessings – that you realize, if look hard enough, those silver linings are usually right there in front of you on the hardest of days.”

Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne Johnson gets emotional in new Instagram post

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Drawing inspiration from the resilient attitude his father was highly regarded for, the Red Notice actor remarked:

“That was always my dad’s way. Days are tough, life is hard. Get used to it. He’d always say, ‘a day without pain is like a day without sunshine.’ I think about you often. The lessons. The stuff.”

Accompanying the heartfelt caption was a video capturing the funeral ceremony held to honor Rocky Johnson. The footage featured Dwayne Johnson delivering a touching eulogy in front of his friends and family. In the 10-minute video, he recounted the abrupt and profound loss he had experienced, sharing how challenging it had been to confront the harsh reality of the situation.


Dwayne Johnson Recounts How Unbelievable His Father’s Death Was

Dwayne Johnson's traumatic recalling of the incident
Dwayne Johnson’s traumatic recalling of the incident

In a separate post shared earlier this year, Johnson affirmed that just a month before his father’s passing, the two had engaged in a heated argument. The renowned Jumanji actor never had the opportunity to reconcile or bid a final farewell to his father. This incident had a deeply distressing effect on him. Despite the complicated nature of their father-son bond, The Rock had nothing but sincere admiration for his late father.

To not even get the chance to say a proper goodbye must’ve left the Hollywood star with several regrets. In the soul-stirring eulogy, Dwayne Johnson said the following:

“Man, I wish I had one more shot. I wish I had one more shot to say goodbye … to say I love you, to say thank you, but I have a feeling he’s watching. […] You know how you have those moments where you try and shake yourself out of it, and you’re like ‘No, it’s not a dream. … My dad’s gone.'”

The heartbreaking news came to Dwayne Johnson on the very first day of production for the Gal Gadot starrer, Red Notice. He felt lost at the time, not knowing what to do. However, he felt the voice of his father say, “Well, hey, the show must go on.” And that it did.


Take a look at the post below:


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A post shared by Dwayne Johnson (@therock)

The eulogy delved further into the numerous triumphs that Rocky Johnson had achieved during his lifetime. His pioneering efforts in the world of wrestling shattered barriers and created opportunities for numerous individuals to emulate his path, including Dwayne Johnson. The legendary figure left behind an insurmountable legacy, but it can always be honored. The Jungle Cruise star is striving to do just that.


Rocky Johnson’s hard work and resilience will continue to live on through his equally dedicated son.

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