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October 22, 2019

Amazing Then and Now Fanny Pack Photo of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

Dwayne Johnson first rose to fame as “The Rock,” a popular wrestling personality. He then became a box-office star, appearing in films including The Scorpion King, Hercules and The Fast and the Furious franchise. Despite his superfame, there’s one goofy photo he can’t outrun.


In 2014, he posted an incredible photo of him from 1996, complete with a fanny pack and a turtleneck tucked into jeans. (In his own words: “Fanny pack and lean take it to a whole other level... #90sRock #WTF #BuffLesbian.”)

“Alright, so here’s the thing,” Johnson explained to PEOPLE. “It takes a lot of confidence to rock a fanny pack. Put your thumb in the fanny pack. I’m giving a look.”


And as with many things related to Johnson, there’s so much more to that photo than meets the eye — a detail we bet you’ve never noticed before.

“I’ve got a tissue underneath my elbow because I felt like my turtleneck was expensive,” he said. “The funniest thing about this picture is, this is not a joke. I walked out of the house like this. Like: ‘Hey baby, this is it, right?’”

Yeah, you look good!

What about this picture? Here is The Rock in 2017 wearing a turtleneck with a chain over the top, a bum bag round his waist, and with a tiny little tissue under his elbow.


He recreated his famously memeified pose to celebrate his entrance into the “five-timers club” on SNL, meaning he’s one of the only people to have hosted the show five times (others include Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin and Tom Hanks).

The picture’s caption read:

“When I took this iconic absurdity of a picture in 1996 I was one year removed from sleeping on a used mattress I took from a garbage dumpster in the back of an hourly sex motel. Couldn’t afford to buy a bed so we do what we gotta do to get by. You can imagine all the fun colorful bodily fluids I tried my best to clean off.

21 years later I’m taking the same photo backstage hosting #SaturdayNightLive for the fifth time. If you’re going thru your own tough times “used mattress” stage, do your best to have faith things’ll get better and always be willing to outwork your competition because you never know where life is gonna take you.

And ALWAYS remember to place a soft tissue under your left elbow as to protect the fabric of the cheap ass swag turtleneck that had you out here looking like a bad ass buff lesbian.

Oh and tuck the thumb in the fanny pack. Always tuck the thumb.”



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