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Only "The Rock" can sideswipe a man's truck and walk away with a new BFF

While visiting Wakefield, Johnson sideswiped a man's car. The next second they were laughing like old friends


Colin Gorenstein
June 16, 2015 7:35PM (UTC)

For your average civilian, sideswiping a truck will almost definitely leave you saddled with annoying repair fines. If you're Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, you flash your pearly whites, say "I'm The Rock" and frolic into the sunset hand in hand with a new best friend. Or something like that.

While visiting Wakefield for his upcoming film "Central Intelligence," Johnson allegedly sideswiped local Audie Bridge's truck while he was listening to music and not paying attention to the road. When Johnson approached the man to offer some money for the damages to his side mirror, Bridges immediately identified the man as "The Rock" and refused to accept the cash.

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Johnson wrote on Instagram: “I said ‘Sir, is this your truck?’ He stopped and stared at me for a good 5 seconds, looked around his neighborhood, looked back at me and said ‘Yes it is. Why?’ I said ‘Well, sorry to tell ya I sideswiped it and knocked the hell outta your mirror and may have done even more damage. You give me your info and I’ll leave you mine and I’ll take care of everything.’ He stared at me again, cocked his head sideways and said . . . ‘Uhhh . . . Are you The Rock?’ I said ‘Yup.’ He broke out into a huge smile and said, ‘Wow, this is gonna be an awesome story!’ I started belly laughing at that, then he started laughing and before you know it we’re both standing in the middle of the street pointing to his mirror and laughing like two ol’ crazy buddies."

Below, you can find the two joshin' around and having a great time in front of Bridge's "minimally damaged" truck:

Here's a fun story to start your week off... I'm driving to set in my pick up truck - music blasting - I'm singing away like I'm having a one man party in my truck - then I hear a loud BANG. What the hell..? Look in my rear view and see I sideswiped another pick up that was parked in the street and destroyed the side mirror. First thing I thought was, "Aw shit.. someone's not gonna be happy..". I flipped a U-turn and drove back to scene. Just as I got out of my truck a guy was walking across the street to his truck. I said "Sir, is this your truck?". He stopped and stared at me for a good 5 seconds, looked around his neighborhood, looked back at me and "Yes it is. Why?". I said "Well, sorry to tell ya I sideswiped it and knocked the hell outta your mirror and may have done even more damage. You give me your info and I'll leave you mine and I'll take care of everything". He stared at me again, cocked his head sideways and said.."Uhhh.. Are you The Rock?". I said "Yup". He broke out into a huge smile and said "Wow, this is gonna be an awesome story!". I started belly laughing at that, then he started laughing and before you know it we're both standing in the middle of the street pointing to his mirror and laughing like two ol' crazy buddies. I checked back in with him a few days later and he refused to accept any money and said he fixed the damage himself. Want to thank Mr. Audie Bridges of Wakefield, Mass. for being so cool about the whole thing. Life is funny cause you never know who you're gonna run into... and sure as hell never know who's truck you're gonna sideswipe while driving to work.

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Colin Gorenstein

Colin Gorenstein is Salon's assistant editor of internet and viral content. Follow @colingorenstein or email cgorenstein@salon.com.

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