Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson showed another side of his already awesome self on Friday when he posted an Instagram video of him leading a group of young girls in the Haka, a traditional Maori war dance, often used by New Zealand’s rugby teams.
Excited to share this very special HAKA with you guys. A sneak peek into one of the coolest scenes in #FastAndFurious8. It’s 💯 the most REAL and AUTHENTIC scene in the movie. No acting. Just from our hearts and WARRIOR MANA (warrior spirit). In the scene my daughter’s soccer team is playing for the championship. Score is tied. 2minutes left in the game. As their coach, I ask them to dig deep and harness their warrior mana one last time, but before they take the field, we will perform our HAKA to our opponent. To our Polynesian culture the HAKA is extremely emotional and spiritual. A pre battle ritual where we call upon the recognition of our ancestors and to give us strength. And if need be, we are prepared to die today, only because we have lived greatly and proudly as people. I told our director @fgarygray to be prepared for anything from me. I might cry, yell, speak with only my eyes and definitely give me space after every take. The HAKA brings out our mana. Our spirit. Finally, I have to give SO MUCH LOVE and credit to these fierce young girls who for weeks and weeks practiced our HAKA and embedded it in their DNA. They understood the meaning behind every word and every warrior gesture. That’s why at the top of this vid when I yell “KIA RI TE” they go from happy and clapping to emotionally allowing their MANA to take over them. It was so cool for me to witness their mana become real. Now just imagine what this scene is going to look like and emotionally FEEL like when you watch it in theaters on the big screen. I promise you, the hairs on the back of your neck will stand up and YOUR MANA will take over. I’m honored to bring you our culture. #Fast8 #IcemanCometh #HAKA #WarriorMana #YouDontWannaMessWithTheseWarriorGirls 💪🏾
A video posted by therock (@therock) on Aug 5, 2016 at 9:39am PDT
Johnson wrote, “To our Polynesian culture the Haka is extremely emotional and spiritual. A pre battle ritual where we call upon the recognition of our ancestors and to give us strength.”
The impressive scene is part of the filming of the latest “Fast and the Furious” movie that’s set to be released next year. In the scene, Johnson is coaching his daughter’s soccer team when he tries to get them fired up before the last two minutes of the championship game.
Who wouldn’t get fired up watching The Rock lead a team in the Haka before a big game?