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The Rock has a lot to celebrate these days. Not only is God’s gift to mankind the star of the new disaster film, San Andreas, but the actor just received an accolade of a lifetime: A personal letter from director, Steven Spielberg.

Over the weekend, the wrestler posted a photo of himself reading a letter written to him by the famous director which according to The Rock, came out of the blue. “Steven has always been such a big inspiration to me over the years,” Dwayne Johnson, the actor’s legal name told HipHollywood exclusively. “Every once in a while I would publicly say his movies and the characters he helped create always inspired me once I got into film.”

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“My agent came and I was doing a show like two or three weeks ago and he said ‘here you got a gift.’ It was so specific and there was a tremendous amount of thought that was put into it and it was so inspiring and it was so motivating and it was so cool. Then I read it all the way to the end, ‘I look forward to meeting you, Steven Spielberg.'”

Our guess is these two will be working together sooner than later.

San Andreas hits theaters on May 29.

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Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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