Graveside Scene Takes Dwayne Johnson Back to Mother’s Suicide Attempt

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Dwayne Johnson had a difficult time shooting a sombre scene for his hit cable TV show Ballers because it reminded him of his mother’s suicide attempt.

The Fate of the Furious star posted a picture of himself filming the sad scene while standing in front of a grave and in the photo’s caption he reflected on the difficult event that happened when he was 15 years old.

“Not your typical scene on our comedy #ballers, as I cracked a beer open toasting my brother, William, who committed suicide,” he wrote on Instagram. “Got me thinkin’ (sic) though bout how many of us have been affected by suicide of our friends, family. Struggle and pain is real. We’ve all been there on some level or another.”

Not your typical scene on our comedy #ballers, as I cracked a beer open toasting my character’s brother, William who committed suicide. Got me thinkin’ though bout how many of us have been affected by suicide of our friends, family. Struggle and pain is real. We’ve all been there on some level or another. My mom tried to check out when I was 15. She got outta the car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic. Big rigs and cars swerving outta the way not to hit her. I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road. What’s crazy about that suicide attempt is to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever. Probably best she doesn’t. Shits of a scene to shoot – didn’t like it – but it did reminder that we always gotta do our best to really pay attention when people are in pain. Help ‘em thru it, get ‘em talkin’ about the struggle and remind ‘em that they’re not alone. We got lucky that day when I was 15 and that ain’t always the case.

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“My mom tried to check out when I was 15,” he continued. “She got outta the car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic. Big rigs and cars swerving outta the way not to hit her. I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road.”

Dwayne went on to reveal that his mother, Ata, has no recollection of her suicide attempt, but it has taught him to be more aware of what his family and friends are going through.

“S**ts of a scene to shoot – didn’t like it – but it did reminder (sic) that we always gotta do our best to really pay attention when people are in pain,” he adds. “Help ’em thru it, get ’em talkin’ (sic) about the struggle and remind ’em that they’re not alone. We got lucky that day when I was 15 and that ain’t always the case.”

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