We all know and love the character Maui, voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, from Disney’s Moana, but have you ever wondered how they decided what the demigod would look like? It appears that there is more to it than just Polynesian legends. Apparently Maui was partially modeled after The Rock’s own grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia of Samoa.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 3, 2017
The connections between grandfather and grandson don’t stop there. Peter Maivia was a Samoan professional wrestler and the first of the family to enter the WWE in the late 70’s. Maivia also dabbled in acting too, appearing in the 1967 Bond film “You Only Live Twice”.
Like grandfather, like grandson….. You’re Welcome!
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