Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is everybody’s favorite professional wrestler turned actor. While his most recent project was voicing a character in Disney’s instant classic, Moana, he’s usually associated with action-packed blockbusters like The Fast and The Furious and The Scorpion King.Now, it’s emerged that he’s got a lookalike stunt double who’s an extremely close relation!
Johnson’s wrestling career came in handy when filming all those action movies. In fact, it was his impressive physique that led to landing his first acting gig in The Mummy Returns back in 2001.While he may have only been on screen for 15 minutes in that movie as Mathayus, it led to his first big role in The Scorpion King the following year. Johnson was paid $5.5 million for the part, which is a record for an actor in his first starring role.
Johnson’s movies are usually action packed with explosions, high-speed car chases, and incredible stunts, which means he often requires a stunt double. However, Johnson has been using the same stunt double for his entire career, and it’s someone he’s known his entire life.
Johnson’s stunt double is his cousin, Tanoai Reed, and they look almost exactly alike! The Hawaii-born, 6’2″ Reed is just two years younger than 45-year-old Johnson and both share the same incredibly muscular physique.In fact, the two men look so similar that they pull the same expressions while working out…They often take photos together on set and it can be very difficult to tell the pair apart. They even pose the same way or have similar facial expressions in many of their pictures.Reed and Johnson are pictured below working out, and it’s almost impossible to tell them apart!
Reed has been working as a stuntman for over 20 years. He has previously been a professional American football player but got his Hollywood debut as a stuntman in 1995 in the science fiction movie Waterworld alongside Kevin Coster.He also worked on the TV series Baywatch Nights the same year, which is interesting considering Johnson just stared in the remake of Baywatch on the big screen.
The similarities between Reed and Johnson becomes all the more striking when they are pictured together.
Reed has been married to stuntwoman Suzanne Reed since 1999. She is known for her work on Iron Man 2 and Jurassic World, but the pair worked together on Johnson’s movie, The Scorpion King.
Reed, however, said the job can take a toll on his health. “I’m jumping off buildings, I’m getting hit by cars, I’m crashing stuff,” he told Scout.com. “My body – I’m 43 years old but I feel like I’m 83 sometimes.”But he’s also said that working with a man he’s known his entire life makes things so much easier.That being said, Reed loves his job, and he has a blast working with his cousin on set every day. In May, Reed posted a birthday message to Johnson on his Instagram page. He expressed gratitude for working with the actor and called him his “brother from another mother”.“Thank you for being a great example not only to myself but to all of the Polynesian youth, as well as every youth, woman and grown ass man from all over the world,” Reed wrote.The cousins are clearly best bros, and while working on Jumanji recently, they added comedian Kevin Hart into their circle of friends.
Johnson and Hart have been posting videos of each other from the set of the 90’s family classic remake. Check out the hilarious video below of Johnson pranking Hart below. You won’t be disappointed!
Let’s just hope Reed hasn’t been left out of the action…