Posted by Kit Simpson Browne @Kitsb
Staff Writer, Superheroes, Star Wars and such. Bad jokes aplenty. Can be gently prodded on Twitter at @kitsb1
Kit Simpson Browne

Now, if there's one thing more adorable than a celebrity interacting with a young fan, it's surely watching said young fan completely get the better of said celebrity. After all, as much as it's nice to see famous folks being pleasant to cute kids, it's inevitably far more fun to watch those same kids screwing with famous faces, preferably while being filmed so that we can all re-watch the mild, good-for-publicity humiliation in the comfort of our own homes.

And, so, it is with baited breath and no little sense of anticipation that I am pleased to announce that:

The Rock Just Spectacularly Failed To Intimidate A Small Child

Though, in fairness, it's arguable that he perhaps wasn't truly giving it his all. Though Mr. Dwayne "no, seriously, I usually go by Dwayne now" Johnson may assert in the above caption that he was "putting on my best mean face," it's difficult not to assume that he has a few levels of terrifying in reserve for special occasions that don't involve teasing young children. Say, for instance, if Vin Diesel were to come around to his house unannounced, or someone were to show him footage of The Mummy Returns' terrible, terrible CGI.

With that being said, though, it's still nice to know that The Rock is willing to goof around with random members of the public in his spare time, and that he still considers such moments to be "one of the best parts of fame," and not a massively inconvenient and mildly awkward side effect of being given large piles of money in exchange for being improbably charismatic on screen. Even in Tooth Fairy:

If this very public failure to upset a child on camera leaves The Rock feeling in need of some tips for how to be pointedly mean, though, then never fear: Movie Pilot — via his own history of determinedly vicious takedowns — has him covered:

Though, in fairness, it's probably best that he avoid saying most of those to people under the age of 18.

Still want more information on just what it is you can smell The Rock cooking? Well, don't worry, because we've very much got you covered. How about a first look at his upcoming Jumanji sequel? Or a shiny new trailer for Moana?

And, in the meantime, what do you think? How could The Rock most effectively go about scaring small children (without getting arrested)? Let us know below!

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