Everyone is making the same joke about 'The Rock's' appearance in this throwback photo

Everyone is making the same joke about 'The Rock's' appearance in this throwback photo

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson truly is a legend. If you just look at the arc of his career you can see how he's gone from strength to strength. He began as a WWF wrestler going by the name "Rocky Maivia" - capitalising on the success of his father Rocky Johnson. He later became the heel we all loved to hate, with an arrogant persona to match, and then shifted gears again to transform himself into a fan favourite face.

Not only that, but his good looks and natural charisma made it easy for him to turn to acting as well, and nowadays he's become a massive box office draw in his own right. He's had a busy year this year, starring in no less than three major blockbusters: Rampage, the Jumanji reboot, and Skyscraper.

However, just because he's the idol of millions, doesn't mean that he doesn't have a goofier side. In fact The Rock is actually quite a self-deprecating dude, and is just as a quick to roast himself as any of his detractors, particularly when it comes to the subject of some of his younger self's more ... questionable fashion choices.

Yesterday The Rock decided to indulge in a ‘Throwback Thursday’ picture, which proves that he actually used to look pretty dorky. The snap was apparently from his days playing college football. Soon his 108 million followers noticed one thing in particular: namely, his lack of facial hair.

Johnson captioned the picture thusly: "Found this gem ? Check out 22yrs old and 280lbs of Smirky Beefy McBeef here posing for our Miami Hurricanes media day. Fun fact: in college, my goal was to eventually work for the CIA. Until my criminal justice professor and advisor (Dr. Paul Cromwell) convinced me that the best operative I could become for the agency is one that also had a law degree.  I thought that’s a great idea until I realised no respectable law school would ever let me in with my pile of steaming sh*t grades. End of story. [sic]"

Yes, it seems like back in the day Johnson thought it would be cool to sport a pencil-thin, barely-visible moustache, which looks a bit like someone used a ruler and mascara to draw a perfectly straight line along his top lip. Who did he think he was? Errol Flynn? No surprises: the comments were pretty savage. One Instagram user wrote: "Is that shadow on your lip supposed to be a moustache?" while another chimed in "you look like a porn star from the 70s." Wow; do you think they'd say that to his face? Somehow I doubt it.

This isn't the first time that The Rock has been mocked on the internet for his past self's appearance. Last year, a photograph dated 1994 circulated of him wearing a black turtleneck, a gold chain and a fannypack. Ouch. He even went so far as to recreate the embarrassing look while hosting Saturday Night Live. Still, considering the fact that his net worth currently stands at $190 million, I think it's safe to say that he can take it.