'The Rock' joining group that champions rights for disabled

FILE - In this July 10, 2018 file photo, Actor Dwayne Johnson attends the "Skyscraper" premiere in New York. Johnson, who plays an amputee in the acti

FILE - In this April 4, 2018 file photo, Dwayne Johnson arrives at the world premiere of "Rampage" at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Johnson, w

BOSTON (AP) — Dwayne Johnson plays an amputee in his latest movie. Now he's jumping in to help people with disabilities in real life.

Johnson, who plays a former FBI agent with a prosthetic leg in the new action thriller "Skyscraper," is joining the Ruderman Family Foundation. The Boston-based organization is a leading voice in calling for more inclusion and opportunities for the disabled.

The actor nicknamed "The Rock" released a short video Thursday calling for more inclusion and opportunities for people with disabilities in the entertainment industry. Johnson says Hollywood has excluded characters and actors with disabilities for too long, and he calls them "an essential piece of diversity."

Foundation president Jay Ruderman says Johnson's influence in the entertainment world will help reduce the stigma that people with disabilities face in society.