The Rock invited Rodriguez to a special screening of his new movie, Red Notice, and used the event to highlight the veteran’s contributions to society. During the screening, The Rock brought Rodriguez onto the stage where he listed his various contributions to society:
“Your story really moved me because I hear that you’re a personal trainer… You’re a leader in your church, Westside Church. You support and you help make meals for women victims who’ve been abused by domestic violence. That’s really amazing work”
Rodriguez responded, “I listen to your words. I’m encouraged by your motivation. Obviously, you inspire so many people…. Let’s change the world one person at a time”
The Rock, “This is why I say- kindness matters. On behalf of me and my family, thank you for your service.”
That was just the beginning of how The Rock chose to honor Rodriguez. After the screening of Red Notice, The Rock met Rodriguez in the parking lot to give him a going away present, his personally customized truck.
The Rock broke the news through a card which read “Thank you for your service brother. Enjoy your new truck”.
Upon reading the card, Rodriguez collapsed onto the ground, holding his head in his he exclaimed, “What the heck is happening?”.
While Rodriguez cried tears of joy, The Rock told Rodriguez why he was such an exceptional individual:
“You do a lot of good for people brother. The gym, the church, your mom, women who need that support who are going through it”.
After Rodriguez drove off, The Rock praised him one last time, stating:
“What a good guy and a guy like Oscar who does so much for so many people. His laundry list of caring credentials… It’s just an honor for me to give a bit of joy to a dude who deserves probably a lot more than just my truck!”
It’s amazing to see celebrities, like The Rock, honor our veteran community in such a personal way. Instead of simply inviting Rodriguez to the special screening of Red Notice, he made him the star of the event.
The Rock originally intended to give Oscar Rodriguez the Porsche Taycan from his recent movie, however, Porsche refused to be charitable to the veteran community this holiday season. So, The Rock took it upon himself to “do one better” and give away his personal custom truck.
We can only hope that more celebrities use their platforms to shine a light on our amazing veteran community, especially veterans like Rodriguez who have continued to give back even after their military service.