Twitter user Anthony Oliveira pointed out something very interesting recently. Turns out, Maui looks somewhat familiar. Specifically, he bears a striking resemblance to wrestling legend Peter Maivia, Dwayne Johnson's maternal grandfather.
Johnson looked up to his grandfather, who passed away when he was only 10 years old. He described him as a walking contradiction. He was tough and rugged, but also loving and sweet. And the man accomplished a lot in his 45 years.
He was born in American Samoa in 1937. Like his famous grandson, he had many tribal tattoos. These indicated his status as a high chief of Samoa. That's right. "High Chief" Peter Maivia wasn't just a wrestling nickname. He was the actual, real deal.
Many wrestling fans know that the sport has a long, proud history of Samoan athletes. But did you know that the vast majority of them are related, and Peter Maivia helped start it all? He ran his own territory and got many Samoan grapplers into the business. He is a "blood brother" of the literally/figuratively massive Anoa'i clan and is considered their figurehead.
Also, did you know Dwayne Johnson wasn't the first in his family to appear in an action film? His grandfather beat him to it by over 30 years. He appeared in 1967's You Only Live Twice, where he got to fight 007 James Bond.
This character and this film was an excellent representation of Pacific Islanders. You don't see that too often in film. To have it be done in such a respectable way in a movie that became a massive hit is extra special.
Dwayne Johnson has always been proud of his Samoan heritage. You can see his love for it tattooed on his skin. It's so great to learn such an inspiring guy is so humble and appreciative of where he comes from.