Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is known as being one of Hollywood’s nicest, but also most terrifying dudes. On one hand, he’s the guy who ripped off his own massive front gate with his bare hands. On the other hand, he’s used his career (and big Hollywood money) to help the lives of others.
One of the people who was recently a recipient of The Rock’s kindness is a man named Bruno Lauer, who Dwayne lived with for a time when he was just a teen. The actor explained their unusual, but special relationship in a social media post:
“My life (especially my teenage years) has been full of the wildest twists and turns – yet God and the universe had always found a way to put a few people in my path that would change the trajectory of the road I was going down. Meet one of my lifelong friends, Bruno Lauer — or I prefer to call him, “Downtown Bruno” 😉 🤟🏾 My mom and I were evicted off the island of Hawaii and I was sent to Nashville, Tennessee to live with my dad.
“When I landed in Nashville, I quickly found out I wasn’t gonna live with my dad. Sh*t happens, plans change and that’s the way it goes. Instead, I was told I was gonna live with a guy named Bruno. Who at the time lived in a tiny room at a spot called the Alamo Plaza motel. Bruno could’ve (and should’ve) said hell no, I’m not takin’ in some kid who I don’t know. But he didn’t. He took this punk kid in and we became lifelong friends.“
It wouldn’t be the last time Bruno helped the Rock out.
“Then ironically – about 9 years later when I had the infamous “$7 Bucks” in my pocket – I started my wrestling career in Memphis, Tennessee and AGAIN – had no place to live and Bruno took me and let me shake up in his trailer, til I could get on my feet. And hell, when I was 15yrs old, Bruno even gave me his last $40 bucks so I could hustle a crackhead out of his car one night at a honky tonk in Nashville 😈🤦🏾♂️ But the hustle was on me, because when I took off down the road there was a SECOND CRACKHEAD passed out on the floor in the back!“
Now doing much, much better than he was all those years ago, The Rock found a great way to bring his special relationship with Bruno full-circle while thanking him for the kindness that saved him and ultimately put him on the path to greatness.
“Merry Christmas, Bruno and since you helped me “buy” my first car – I figured I could return the favor and buy you one that 100% does NOT have a crackhead in the back seat. I love you, brother. Your kindness and heart – helped change my life’s trajectory. And when you’re ready to retire from “the business” you just say the word. I got you covered. We’ll go “downtown” “
Yep, The Rock bought Bruno a brand new truck of his own, and it definitely cost more than $40!
Check out the heartwarming video below: