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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson may be one of the most intimidating forces in Hollywood today, but that doesn't mean he's above geeking out when it comes to his heroes.

On Instagram earlier this week, Johnson posted a touching reaction to a letter he received from none other than Steven Spielberg. The producer/director/all-around film pioneer sent The Rock some words of encouragement, and the San Andreas star was visibly thrilled.

Look at that grin! There's really no hiding this kind of excitement. And it's clear from his face that paper really does beat rock. Here was the caption that followed the adorable photo:

Grinnin' now like a big ass kid... When I was 8yrs old I sat front row to see a sold out INDIANA JONES in its opening weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina. I walked out of that theater excited and wanted to be "Indy".. cool, funny, charming with the ladies and kickin' ass w/ a smile. But at 8yrs old I was also perfectly content playing w/ my Star Wars figures and sneaking off listening to Richard Pryor concerts. Throughout the years I've credited this man and his movies as being my greatest inspiration in becoming an actor and wanting to always make "his kind" of movies - entertaining, quality and above all else.. heart. Just receiving this personal letter from him and its not only made me incredibly humbled and grateful, but it's also brought me back to being that 8yr old boy again who not only loves movies, but I now get to make the movies I love and enjoy the impact they have on others. THANK YOU STEVEN SPIELBERG for these inspiring and motivating words in your letter and cheers to making sure I'm always listening to that little voice in my gut.

Excuse me while I just...

The best part is that Spielberg wrote this letter "as a fan" of Johnson's work, which is where the real humbling aspect comes in.

I foresee so many kids in the future looking at Dwayne Johnson the same way and using whatever newfangled version of Instagram exists then to send out their admiration.

(Sources: Instagram, ComicBook)


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