Dwayne Johnson knows he will never live down fanny pack photo, rolls with it

Earlier this week I went through my neglected DVR queue and watched Dwayne The Rock Johnson learn live on Ellen that he was the next Sexiest Man Alive. He looked genuinely surprised (even though he probably saw it coming) and he seemed legitimately humbled. It was nice salve for the deep sadness I’ve been feeling which seems to hit me at random times. I’m trying to ward it off with candy, exercise and excessive TV watching and so far nothing has worked quite so well as watching The Rock on Ellen. I really need a pet.

Anyway Ellen showed Dwayne’s fanny pack photo from the 90s, the one where he looks like the biggest nerd with the most confidence, and which has been out for years. It feels like he’s been dealing with the fallout from that photo forever, but he joked around and was just as good-natured about it as usual. So People asked him about the fanny pack photo too, because we don’t have him on record enough about it, and he was again just super nice and like he was in on the joke. Plus he revealed a hidden detail about the fanny pack photo! There’s a tissue under his elbow so that he doesn’t mess up his impeccable turtle neck! Alternate title for this post: “What The Rock did during his fanny pack photo will shock you!” (He’s said this before about the tissue but it’s news to me so I’m rolling with it.)

“Alright, so here’s the thing,” Johnson begins to explain 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 says, laughing. “The funniest thing about this picture is, this is a photoshoot, 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.’”

[From People]

HOW MANY TIMES HAS HE HAD TO TALK ABOUT THAT PHOTO? Sorry for yelling but he’s such a pro he can talk about it for years and it still sounds fresh. I love him so much. If I can get just one hard squeezy hug from him in my life I will be so happy. That thought is really cheering me up. I need to cover The Rock more. Now I’m thinking of him standing over me yelling encouragement while I’m working out. And his french bulldog is running around and there’s a giant bag of jelly bellies to share. My fantasies are really chaste lately for some reason.


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Dwayne Johnson during an appearance on NBC's 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.'

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  1. Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

    I love him – physically he does nothing for me but personality wise, am all over him. He is one of those true role models who works hard and hasn’t let success change him.

    I hope he enjoys milking the title for all its worth.

    • Megan says:

      He is from my husband’s hometown and his private Facebook account popped up in my mother in law’s feed of suggested friends. She sent him a friend request which he accepted, so she then sent him a message about how nice it is to see a hometown boy make good and he responded with a really generous thank you.

      How can you not love The Rock? He is sexy inside and out.

    • doofus says:

      one of my old family friends works for People (Entertainment editor?…) and she worked on this shoot. she posted pics on FB of them goofing around and we were all SO JEALOUS.

  2. Alix says:

    Never seen or heard of the photo before reading this post. IMO, the haircut’s as bad as the fanny pack… *not* flattering on him! Not quite sure why this has been a thing for so long — there are far more goofy celeb photos out there. Oh well, at least he’s a sport about it.

    • smcollins says:

      Because it’s all just so awesomely cheesy! Not just the fanny pack, but all of it: the hair, the belted mom jeans, the tucked in turtleneck with the thick chain necklace, on top of the “cool guy” pose (which he looks anything but). It’s peak awful 90′s trends rolled into one. But, yes, he’s a great sport about it which I totally love!

    • Esmom says:

      Me neither. It’s so funny. He looks like a blow up version of himself, with 90s accessories. The tissue is really funny. He seems to be a good sport about most things, which definitely adds to the attraction.

    • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

      This photo is pure 90s fashion nostalgia or should i say BAD 90s fashion. He won’t be the only one with a shot like this lurking around.

  3. Sara says:

    The Rock is a great example of a man who gets better looking with age. More sexy now, than when he was considered “in his prime.”
    Not all men, but definitely him. Meow!! Lol

    • Esmom says:

      Yes, agreed. He is also the first Sexiest Man in a while who doesn’t feel forced on us by some PR person. He seems like a more “genuine” choice, if there really is such a thing, lol.

  4. Bluesky says:

    Most deserving. I feel ya, Celebitchy. I don’t watch the news and I’m channeling my sadness through exercise and HGTV. I’ve also been cruising Houzz and looking at kitchen photos (I want to remodel my kitchen).

  5. Snowflake says:

    What are jelly bellies?

    P.s. if the rock ever needs a home, he can shack up at my house. My husband will just have to deal! :-)

  6. Beatrix says:

    I have a pet and he doesn’t help the dread and disappointment I’ve been carrying around lately. He’s a beautiful French bulldog and he makes me get out of the house a couple times a day, but that’s pretty much it in terms of comfort and distraction.

    Oh, and The Rock…not too much to say, I think this cover is a silly tradition, but I’m glad they’re at least adding some diversity to their repertoire of winners.

  7. Lucy says:

    He’s such a good sport about everything.

  8. Olenna says:

    He’s just a big ole adorable man.

  9. Laura says:

    We need The Rock to save us from the Orange Monster!

  10. Amy Tennant says:

    I never noticed the tissue before. The People’s Tissue under The People’s Elbow! I love this guy. He cheered me up today

  11. Crack fox says:

    There’s nothing to live down. That photo is perfection.

  12. susiecue says:

    Your “chaste” fantasy is cracking me up!

  13. Beckysuz says:

    I just love him. That’s all