Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson recently made time to visit with a heroic young fan during the production of his film, "Skyscraper."
On Tuesday, the actor shared photos and a video of himself with 10-year-old Jacob O'Connor, a Michigan boy who rescued his younger brother from drowning using techniques he learned from the Johnson's film, "San Andreas."
Johnson invited Jacob; his mother, Christa O'Connor; and his brother Gavin to visit him on a Vancouver movie set, where he treated them to a table full of chocolate and other sweets.
"It's such an honor meeting this kid," Johnson said in a video he made with Jacob. "I appreciate you, buddy. Thank you. I speak on behalf of the world: We're so proud of you."
Last month ABC affiliate WXYZ in Detroit reported that on July 25, Jacob gave chest compressions to his 2-year-old brother, Dylan, who had fallen into his grandmother's pool. The child told the TV station that he knew what to do after watching Johnson's character in "San Andreas" help a drowning person.
A few days after the story went viral, Johnson wrote on Instagram that he wanted to "shake the hand of a real-life 10-year-old hero."
"Can't wait to meet you big man," he said in a video.
Ladies and gentlemen, I finally met this real life 10yr old hero, Jacob O'Connor. He rescued his 2yr old brother after finding him facedown in their pool. I said, not only do I shake hands, but when I meet heroic kids, I give hugs.. now get in here. Despite the fact I looked like 9 ways of hell, battered and bloodied from my scenes, Jacob reluctantly, gave me a hug. ??????. A very special day we had on our #Skyscraper set. #JacobOConnor #Hero
Big Rock hugs for mama Christa O'Connor. As you can imagine, she's so proud of her son and even more, so grateful to have her boys. She told me that at first she wondered "Wait, I am just calling Jacob a hero because I'm a proud mom and he's my son? Then I said, no wait.. he IS a real hero for saving his brother's life". Amen. Yup, he sure is. Thank you so much Christa for flying out to Vancouver to allow us to meet you and your boys, Jacob and Gavin. We had a blast and grateful to have you on our set. #OConnorFamily #ProudMama
Surprise! (mama shedding a few happy tears for her boys) I told Jacob and his brother Gavin that when kids visit my movie sets, it's like Willy Wonka's chocolate factory because children get to eat all the chocolate and sweets they want and the best part is...IT'S ALL FREE. Well someone has to pay for it, but it ain't me or the kids lol. Thank you to our entire #Skyscraper crew for all doing their part to make this visit special for this family. #OnSet #RockWonka #OConnorFamily #SugarRush??
Jacob was super nervous and shy the whole time we hung out, so it was fun getting him to laugh and talk. He threw me for an unexpected spin when he showed up on set wearing a shirt that he proudly made with my bull insignia on the front and on the back was the picture of me holding our two puppies, Brutus and Hobbs, after I rescued them from our pool. Seeing that picture on this boy's shirt, got me in the gut. Eventually, we would lose Brutus to heaven, but it wasn't the picture of Brutus that made me tear up, it was the fact that this 10yr old kid, had a heart big enough to put our puppies on his shirt after he saved his little 2yr old brother's life. What a special day. What a special kid. Thanks Jacob for being awesome and for being the kind of person we all aspire to be. ~ DJ