Man Candy Monday | Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and John Boyega Visit Childrens Hospitals

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In a galaxy far, far away, a tall, dark, handsome man showed his sensitive side by visiting a local childrens’ hospital. And, ladies, he’s got an British accent. *Swoon*

No need to hijack Scott Kelly’s space shuttle, girls.

That galaxy is across the pond in England (unless you’re reading this from Mars, Pluto, Uranus, Satu–you get the point.)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega Finn visited Royal London hospital last week to train some junior stormtroopers. Like Daniel who is battling a brain tumor.

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Daniel and other kids were treated to lightsaber duels, gifts and selfies. The meet-and-greet produced an adorbs convo listed below.

Layla: Finn where’s Rey?
Finn: I don’t know, I got beat by Kylo and I can’t remember anything
Layla: Okay I’ll be your Rey today. Okay?
Finn: Okay! Lead the way

In the States, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took a break from filming Baywatch to visit sick kids at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah.

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The chiseled cutie even held up production on Baywatch to fulfill a promise he made to a patient’s mother.

Johnson posted this message on his Facebook page.

 So I called an audible and went to visit Christopher. Glad we did… While I was visiting the Pediatric Specialty Ward surprising the kids, I got word from my team that there was a mom who was pleading with our production staff, that I go upstairs to her son’s room to give him a much needed big surprise. Since he’s older he’s in the main hospital and not in pediatric care.
We were shooting Baywatch Movie scenes outside of the hospital, but instead of heading back to shoot I called the audible, put production on hold and went upstairs to see this young man.

I walked in and his smile lit up the room! And I mean lit that room up!;) We talked for a while about his family, his school and how hard he’s working to eventually graduate AND we talked about how COOL all his scars are from his multiple surgeries – from his head to his chest – those scars are badges of honor and the reminder of how beyond tough this kid is.

Right before I left his mom looked at him and said, “Christopher I can’t give you anything, but I’m so happy I could give you this today…” and she started to breakdown, which was captured in this pic.

Made me think to give so much credit to these parents who would do anything to take their kid’s pain away and ANYTHING to bring a smile to their faces. As a papa bear I understand.
Glad this mom brought a smile to Christopher’s face. And glad I got a chance to shake the hand of this very strong and inspiring young man.

Stay strong Christopher and show them scars with pride. You’re the man! ~ DJ

Who says heroes don’t exist.

 

Remembering Paul Walker (1973-2013)

Paul Walker in Haiti in 2010. Photo credit: Paul Walker Facebook page

Paul Walker in Haiti in 2010.
Photo credit: Paul Walker Facebook page

So, I’m not going to pretend I was Paul Walker’s biggest fan (that’s reserved for this special little lady) or that I didn’t confuse him with this action star from time to time. Because I would be a big fat phony if I did. What is genuine in my thoughts about Paul Walker is the void he left behind. I see it in Tyrese Gibson’s tear-stained eyes, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s heartfelt statement and Ludicrous’ Instagram poem expressing the loss.

And what a loss it has been. Not just for the entertainment industry and obviously his family, but also his philanthropic community.

“Paul wasn’t someone who would just write a check and lend his name to an organization; he was the heart and soul of Reach Out Worldwide,” wrote JD Dorfman, EMT working with Walker’s Reach Out WorldWide non-profit, on Facebook.  “Paul was the first one in and the last one out, he led by example and his hard work and dedication inspired everyone who had the privilege of working with him.”

Paul founded the Reach Out WorldWide org when he joined Haiti’s relief efforts during the country’s devastating 2010 earthquake. Realizing Haiti had so few emergency resources, he called on his friends for help. Soon after he tied together all first responders–EMTs, Firefighters, Logistic managers–to go to remote locations that needed help.

Reach Out WorldWide assisted in several disasters; typhoon Haiyan, Indonesia tsunami, Chile and Haiti earthquakes and Oklahoma city tornado.

All while Paul Walker was pretty much mum about his efforts. But no less passionate it seems.

“When you put good will out there it’s amazing what can be accomplished.” – Paul Walker

Sad to say, but in Paul Walker’s death it seems I’m just being introduced to him. And what he truly valued in his life.

Universal Pictures announced that a percentage of the Fast & Furious 6 DVD will go towards Paul Walker’s  non profit.

R.I.P Paul, and may your lasting legacy be racing to help others.