A cemetery scene in “Ballers” took Dwayne Johnson back 30 years to when his mother, Ata, attempted suicide by walking through traffic.
The actor wrote on Instagram that shooting the scene “got me thinkin’ though bout how many of us have been affected by suicide of our friends, family. Struggle and pain is real. We’ve all been there on some level or another.”
“My mom tried to check out when I was 15. She got outta the car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic. Big rigs and cars swerving outta the way not to hit her. I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road,” Johnson, 45, captioned a photo from set.
“What’s crazy about that suicide attempt is to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever. Probably best she doesn’t. S–ts of a scene to shoot — didn’t like it — but it did (remind) that we always gotta do our best to really pay attention when people are in pain. Help ‘em thru it, get ‘em talkin’ about the struggle and remind ‘em that they’re not alone. We got lucky that day when I was 15 and that ain’t always the case.”
Johnson has previously opened up about Ata’s attempted suicide, using the story to encourage people to seek help.