he Disney movie Moana is filled with a slew of lovable characters — everyone from Moana to Heihei the chicken has a moment in the movie where they really shine. Then, of course, there's Maui, who's voiced by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. He's a larger-than-life demigod with a giant, magical fish hook. His showboating throughout the film (as well as actual boating) is sure to bring a smile to even the most curmudgeonly curmudgeon who watches. Recently, The Rock revealed a secret about his character and Twitter was absolutely delighted.
Recently, The Rock revealed a secret about his character and Disney fans all over the world were absolutely delighted.
Has there ever been a more perfect casting decision than the one to have The Rock voice Maui?
We don’t think so.
He played the role of the ordinary demigod perfectly. As it turns out, he may have had a bit of an advantage in that department…
On Monday, Johnson shared a tweet revealing the inspiration behind the character of Maui.
Apparently, Maui was partially inspired by Johnson’s own grandfather.
Oh, and his grandfather was High Chief Peter Maivia of Samoa. No wonder he played the part of royalty with such ease!
All right. It's one thing to say the character was inspired by your grandfather...
…But we want to see some pictures to back it up.
What did High Chief Peter Maivia look like?
Luckily, this Twitter user was on the case. Here's a side-by-side comparison of Maui and The Rock's grandfather.
Well, we’re convinced!
It’s impossible not to see the resemblance.
The Internet went wild for this peek into Maui's background. Even Lin-Manuel Miranda (who co-wrote the songs for the film) responded to The Rock's tweet in the most perfect way:
Don’t mind us.
We’ll just be blasting the Moana soundtrack for the rest of the day…