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Why Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson models his life on the silverback gorilla

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Feliks Garcia

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Posted on Apr 18, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 1:14 am CDT

I get through my toughest gym workouts by imagining I’m Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. In fact, I report my daily milestones to him, hoping in vain to get some validation from the man himself. It keeps me motivated.

But when you’re the Rock, who do you look up to? It’s only fitting that such an elite athlete and bodybuilder turn his gaze to the heavens, and to his ideal spirit animal—the silverback gorilla.

He’s come a long ways since his Mr. Peepers days.

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Cool story to share on Easter.. After my workout I'm drivin' in my pick up and notice these kids in the rearview mirror screamin' & runnin' after my truck. Thought to myself, "Should I stop or keep drivin'?" I stopped. I hop out of my truck and this kid runs up to me, hugs the hell outta me and says it's been his life's dream to meet me and tell me how much I've inspired him to fight cancer (Hodgkin's lymphoma) and hard core chemo and stem cell transplant treatments. He was a little teary eyed and said for months and months all he's wanted to do was find me and say this face to face. I told him what it meant to me to hear this story. I thanked him, hugged him (and his friends), got back in my truck and drove away. As I'm drivin' I start shaking my head (and tearing up) at how fragile life is and how amazing and cool the universe was to make this meeting happen between myself and this special kid Nick Miller. Let's always take a moment to count our blessings.. cause there's always something to be grateful for. Happy Easter y'all – DJ

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That’s because, at the end of the day, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is more than just a silverback—he’s also a big, cuddly softie.

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*First Published: Apr 18, 2015, 11:06 am CDT