Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson leads girls in haka for next Fast and Furious movie

High-profile Hollywood actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has drawn on his "warrior mana" for a haka scene in the upcoming eighth instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise.


In a post on Instagram, the former wrestler said the scene is the most "real and authentic" part of the entire film, and required "no acting".


The scene sees Johnson's character in the blockbuster, Luke Hobbs, lead his daughter's football team in a haka with scores tied and two minutes to go in their championship 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," he said.



Johnson has Polynesian ancestry, and promises that watching the haka in cinemas will be a hair-raising experience for viewers.


"[It's] 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," Johnson said of the haka's cultural significance.


The Rock explained that he had to tell the film's director Felix Gary Gray to "be prepared for anything" from him.


"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."


Fast and Furious 8 is set to be released on April 12 next year.


Excited to share this very special HAKA with you guys. A sneak peek into one of the coolest scenes in #FastAndFurious8. It's 39πŸ’― 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 39πŸ’―πŸ’ͺ39πŸ’―πŸ’ͺ🏾

A video posted by therock (@therock) on Aug 5, 2016 at 9:39am PDT



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