SELMER, Tenn. (AP) - Professional wrestler turned actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson stopped by the old stomping grounds of legendary McNairy County Sheriff Buford Pusser and left a $5,000 check for the sheriff's foundation before jetting off.
What was scheduled as a brief stop to promote his upcoming "Walking Tall" movie turned into a two-plus hour trip that included a visit to the County Courthouse in Selmer before stops at the Buford Pusser Museum and Pusser's Restaurant, both in Adamsville.
Johnson said he wanted to make the trip to "walk where Pusser walked."
"I have a sense of what he stood for and how he lived his life, how he walked tall. I hope I captured that in the movie," Johnson told The Jackson Sun newspaper. "I had an absolute blast."
The updated "Walking Tall" movie opens April 2 and is inspired by the 1973 original based on Pusser's life as sheriff from 1964-70. It drew some criticism because it is not a straight remake, with Pusser not mentioned by name and set in Washington state.