The Rock Confirms His Real-Life Grandfather Partly Inspired His ‘Moana’ Character, Maui
Dwayne Johnson gave fans a fun fact about Moana today that made the jaws of Disney fans all over simultaneously drop: his IRL grandfather was a High Chief of Samoa, and he partly inspired Dwayne’s character, Maui the Demigod!
— Anthony Oliveira (@meakoopa) October 3, 2017
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 3, 2017
Even though this is very surprising, it’s not really that surprising, you know? After all, those BAMF Rock genes had to come from someone, and it makes perfect sense that they’d come from an actual High Chief. For Dwayne’s grandfather to have served as real inspiration for Dwayne’s iconic Disney character must have been truly special for the Johnson family, despite the fact that his grandfather never got to see the film. Fans were all about Dwayne’s IRL High Chief grandpa inspiring Maui, as evidenced by the awestruck and delighted reactions…
Presumably they had to tone down his powers a bit for the movie.
— Slutty Neoliberalism (@Wordbeast) October 3, 2017
your granddad was semi, demi, mini god? pic.twitter.com/hpIvvM4f1p
— Trill Spice (@WestsideHoodrat) October 3, 2017
They did a fantastic job, too. The eyes, the nose, the lips – you can really see your grandfather in them.
— warcabbit (@warcabbitMWM) October 3, 2017
I'm shook cause the character actually looks a lot like you and it's because of your grandfather 😱😱
— S Θ Ŀ (@myawkwardgoofs) October 3, 2017
Absolutely love it x gonna watch it n cry tonight x
— Kez (@Kezzava) October 3, 2017
I didn't think it was possible to love Moana more but here we are
— 🌻 (@dixonsrose) October 3, 2017
That's pretty great! Thank you for representing us Pacific Islanders with such dignity.
— Alx Preston (@HeartMachineZ) October 3, 2017
— Phil Nobile Jr. (@PhilNobileJr) October 3, 2017
What’s your reaction to Dwayne Johnson being a descendant of a High Chief AND that that High Chief partly inspired Maui? Let us hear your thoughts @Smosh!