Photos Of The Rock As A Teen Reveal Why His Classmates Thought He Was An Undercover Cop

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Image: Jeff Spicer/Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Standing at a huge six foot, five inches, and weighing some 260 pounds, Dwayne Johnson shot to fame in wrestling as The Rock. And it just so happens that the wrestler-turned-actor has lived up to his stage name since he was a young teenager. In fact the star looked so much older than his years when he was in high school that his classmates apparently believed he was actually an undercover cop.

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And you can’t exactly blame them. Not only did a teenage Johnson sport quite the mustache, but he also arrived at a new school at almost exactly the same time that a hot new Fox show named 21 Jump Street launched on TV. The drama centered around a group of young cops who pose as teens to catch criminals.

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Image: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for SXSW
Image: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for SXSW

One might imagine that Johnson should hence have been first in line for a leading role in the 2012 Hollywood remake of the series in place of Channing Tatum. But such a part might have perhaps only stirred up memories that he’d rather forget. Indeed, Johnson freely admits that he looked distinctly like a “man child” in his youth. But as he noted on Instagram, he certainly kicked puberty’s backside – whether for better or for worse.

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