Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Leaves Baywatch Set to Surprise Children at Savannah Hospital
The lead actor of the “Baywatch” reboot, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, took a break from filming his upcoming movie. He used the time to surprise patients at children’s ward of the Memorial Health hospital in Savannah, Georgia.Advertisement
The WWE wrestler-turned-actor went to his Instagram to post a photo of a child named Aiden, whom The Rock met at the pediatric specialty ward. The picture showed Johnson fist-bumping the kid while happily smiling. Johnson captioned this sweet picture with, “I surprised the children at Savannah’s Pediatric Specialty Ward and look at the concentration on lil’ Aiden’s face! We shot #BAYWATCH scenes at the Memorial Health Hospital and thought I’d pop up to the ward.”
The Rock revealed that it was a time well-spent away from set. He shared that he has an awesome experience in the hospital and thanked the hardworking and caring Savannah hospital staff in making his visit successful. Johnson also advised the children he met during his visit to keep keep smiling and stay strong. He also advised the children’s parents to stay strong.
The San Andreas actor also went up the building to meet with a teenage fan named Christopher. Their meeting was captured by a photo, which was posted on the actor’s Instagram as well. The actor put a lengthy caption on the photo to describe how he was able to meet the fan. “So I called an audible and went to visit Christopher. Glad we did… While I was visiting the Pediatric Specialty Ward surprising the kids, I got word from my team that there was a mom who was pleading with our production staff, that I go upstairs to her son’s room to give him a much needed big surprise. Since Christopher is older, he’s in the main hospital and not in pediatric care,” he wrote.
The hospital visit on Saturday is only one of the kind-hearted gestures by the action movie icon in the recent weeks. Earlier this month, Johnson invited the 7-year-old Gabriel “Tater” Singleton, who is currently battling cancer, to the set of his upcoming film.
The Baywatch cast includes Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra and Kelly Rohrbach. The film is slated to be released on May 19, 2017.
So I called an audible and went to visit Christopher. Glad we did… While I was visiting the Pediatric Specialty Ward surprising the kids, I got word from my team that there was a mom who was pleading with our production staff, that I go upstairs to her son's room to give him a much needed big surprise. Since he's older he's in the main hospital and not in pediatric care. We were shooting #BAYWATCH scenes outside of the hospital, but instead of heading back to shoot I called the audible, put production on hold and went upstairs to see this young man. I walked in and his smile lit up the room! And I mean lit that room up!;) We talked for a while about his family, his school and how hard he's working to eventually graduate AND we talked about how COOL all his scars are from his multiple surgeries – from his head to his chest – those scars are badges of honor and the reminder of how beyond tough this kid is. Right before I left his mom looked at him and said, "Christopher I can't give you anything, but I'm so happy I could give you this today…" and she started to breakdown, which was captured in this pic. Made me think to give so much credit to these parents who would do anything to take their kid's pain away and ANYTHING to bring a smile to their faces. As a papa bear I understand. Glad this mom brought a smile to Christopher's face. And glad I got a chance to shake the hand of this very strong and inspiring young man. Stay strong Christopher and show them scars with pride. You're the man! ~ DJ