Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson shared the heartfelt tribute he delivered at his father’s funeral service.
The actor posted the emotional ten-minute eulogy he gave after the passing of his father, Rocky Johnson, in January.
“I wish I had one more shot,” the 47-year-old began. “I wish I had one more shot to say goodbye … to say I love you, to say thank you. But I have a feeling he’s watching. He’s listening.”
Johnson then recounted learning of his former wrestler father’s passing as he arrived on the set to work.
“In that moment, I just thought, ‘Well, what do I need to do? What’s the next thing that I need to do?’”, he said. “And I heard a voice say, ‘Well, hey, the show must go on,’ and that was my dad. That was my old man who told me that.”
Throughout the powerful speech, the "Jumanji" star fights back tears and gets choked up several times. At one point, he paused and said, "I'm sorry, just give me a second.”
He went on to describe his father as a “trailblazer” for breaking racial barriers in the wrestling industry in the ‘60s and ‘70s.
“You have a black man coming in, it’s an all-white audience and all these small little towns that eventually I would go on to wrestle in,” Johnson continued. “But at that time he changed the audience’s behavior and actually had them cheer for this black man.”
He shared more touching words about his father in the caption to the video.
“Dad, you lived a full and meaningful life,” Johnson began. ”You trail blazed and even harder, you changed people’s harsh behaviors toward a man of color. Paving the way for me, my family and generations to come.”
“I’ll see you down the road, Soulman,” he signed off, before adding, “Til we meet again. Your son.”
Rocky Johnson died on January 15th from a pulmonary embolism caused by a blood clot in his leg. He was 75.