Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has made a superstar arrival in the UK as he is said to be renting the same Richmond home where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie reportedly stayed in 2012.
The 46-year-old former wrestler is well-known for his incredibly ripped physique and workout regime, so brought reinforcements in the form of his ‘Iron Paradise’ – the travel gym he brings on any location, complete with 40,000lbs of equipment, a full kitchen, no mirrors and hundreds of aides on hand to help set-up.
Seemingly confirming his move, the hardman took to Instagram to share a snap as he posed on horseback outside the palatial home while also revealing the horse in question had starred in Gladiator and Robin Hood.
Plush: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has made a superstar arrival in the UK as he is said to be renting the same Richmond home where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie reportedly stayed in 2012
Work it on out: New images show the digs for the actor, with the sprawling estate undoubtedly the perfect set-up for the hunky star, as he celebrated Thanksgiving away from his native country
The stunning home, which has previously seen guests including Elton John and Fergie, is said to feature eight bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a garden gazebo, indoor swimming pool and a playground.
New images show the digs for the actor, with the sprawling estate undoubtedly the perfect set-up for the hunky star, as he celebrated Thanksgiving away from his native country.
In his incredible Instagram post to announce his arrival, the dashing actor posed horseback while adding the caption: ‘Good Thanksgiving hang with Rusty at the crib here in London. This ol’ boy’s a genuine star as he was Russell Crowe’s horse in one of my favorite films, GLADIATOR as well as ROBIN HOOD…
‘Rusty’s clearly happy when Russell is on his back, because I heard that unmistakeable horse groan of “Holyyyy shit please don’t get on me” when 6’5 265lbs of tattooed sunshine saddled up on him. Thankful to Rusty and his pal, Rosey for coming to the crib today for some Thanksgiving ridin’ w/ the ohana.
Wow! The 46-year-old former wrestler is well-known for his incredibly ripped physique and workout regime, so brought reinforcements in the form of his ‘Iron Paradise’ – the travel gym he brings on any location, complete with 40,000lbs of equipment, a full kitchen, no mirrors and hundreds of aides on hand to help set-up
Hard work! The actor has revealed the sheer extent of work it takes to set up The Iron Paradise
In November, while on location in Vancouver, Dwayne shared a touching Instagram post as he thanked his team for their assistance with The Iron Paradise: ‘Sending a huge thank you to the hundreds of hard working crew responsible for always setting up my Iron Paradise aka my traveling carnival in every location I film at…
‘40,000lbs of steal and iron. I can maintain and build upon an insane work schedule, but only due to having my anchor ready to go every morning at 5am. Grateful to the bone. Thank you guys. [sic]’
In 2012, during Brad and Angelina’s stay in the capital, insiders discussed their alleged residency in The Rock’s new home, saying: ‘[Brad and Angelina] have decided to settle into one property rather than move around because they are going to be in London for 15 months…
‘It seems better for the whole family if they have a proper base. They have been moved into a palatial mansion that resembles the White House on the exclusive Wentworth golf course in Surrey. It is in a beautiful, gated community, one of the most exclusive areas in the U.K.’
Way back when: Prior to their tragic split, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (pictured in 2015) are said to have rented out the same house in Richmond, which was widely-reported at the time
That’s why he’s The Rock! Heavy machinery was on-hand to tote the materials in and out of the grounds and make sure he maintained his shape
Happy days: ‘40,000lbs of steal and iron. I can maintain and build upon an insane work schedule, but only due to having my anchor ready to go every morning at 5am. Grateful to the bone. Thank you guys’
Stunning: Aside from the gym, the location is breathtaking and most certainly superstar worthy
Last month, Dwayne celebrated his first week of shooting the highly-anticipated Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw by unveiling a first look photo. The image, which he posted to Instagram, features both of the title characters, Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw.
While Statham was spotted filming scenes for the spin-off in September, The Rock finished his first week on the set in October. ‘We either gonna get along or we gonna get it on,’ Johnson, 46, said in his post. ‘F**k getting along,’ he added, along with the devil emoji.
‘Great first week of shooting our Fast & Furious spin-off, “HOBBS & SHAW” with my ace @JasonStatham,’ the Skyscraper star said. ‘We’re havin’ a blast disrupting the norm to deliver something fresh, cool, fun and bad ass for the fans,’ he concluded, including the hashtags #TheOutlawLawman, #TheInternationalSpy, #HobbsAndShaw.
New neighbour in town! The huge lorries descended on Richmond to help set up his home gym and keep his frame as ripped as ever
Sprawling: The grounds were put to good use as the tent was set up with all the modern additions of any fitness emporium
Always on-brand: He decorated the temporary gym with both logos celebrating the gym and also a poster for the movie
The action superstar also tagged the Universal Pictures Instagram along with the spin-off’s director, David Leitch, while giving photo credit to his Seven Bucks Productions producing partner Hiram Garcia.
Very little is known about the story at this point, except that it will featuring the unlikely duo of U.S. Diplomatic Security agent Luke Hobbs and notorious criminal Deckard Shaw.
There is no love lost between Hobbs and Shaw, who were part of a massive prison brawl in 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, although why they are teaming up in this spin-off is currently unclear.
Happy days: He made himself truly at home with the arrival of his much-loved and very well-used equipment
All hands on deck: His team worked extremely hard to perfect the gym which travels with him all over the world
Pumping iron: The ripped star pumped iron in front of his two-year-old daughter Jasmine
Johnson and Statham, 51, lead a cast that also includes Idris Elba as the new villain, along with Vanessa Kirby, who Variety reported in July is playing Deckard Shaw’s sister, an MI-5 agent.
Helen Mirren played Deckard Shaw’s mother in The Fate of the Furious, with Statham telling Collider in August that Mirren will return in Hobbs & Shaw.
‘We’re trying to do something that isn’t so goofy though,’ Statham said. ‘I know the last time she slapped me around the face and we got this little … We don’t want to take it too seriously.’
Load me up! The lorry was carrying a host of the star’s expert equipment as he made sure he was right at home
Bouncing around: The sprawling grounds were no doubt perfect for al fresco workouts as well as time in The Iron Paradise