They are the rising hard men of AFL, but young Greater Western Sydney players Adam Treloar and Adam Kennedy were more like giddy school kids after learning they will meet Hollywood star and former wrestler Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
Gushing with joy and disbelief, the 21-year-olds were on the brink of tears and struggling to speak when a Giants official sprang the news that they will be interviewing Johnson during a red carpet appearance in Sydney for his new movie Hercules later this week.
And as this footage shows, their priceless reaction is one to behold.
Peppering the moment with repeated “are you serious” and “oh my god” phrases, the pair hug and handshake the Giants official, with a wide-eyed Treloar’s reaction pure gold.
“I love him … I’ll probably cry if I meet him,” the young midfielder says, before adding :”I won’t be able to talk, I’ll just be looking at him.”
Kennedy is equally overwhelmed, but almost, speechless saying: “I’m not interviewing The Rock” and then responding: “What do I ask him?”
For his part, Johnson was thrilled at the reaction, responding on Twitter: “These athletes were just told they’re meeting me. Their reactions? F’n awesome. Can’t wait. #NoCrying #HERCULESMovie”.
“I just love him (The Rock). I’ve loved him since I was a kid. He’s like my idol — him, Michael Jordan and Kevin Durant. I love him. I would probably cry if I ever met him.”
So what if I was to tell you you were interviewing him, questioned his GWS TV interviewer?
“I’m INTERVIEWING him? No I’m not. You’re kidding me, are you? Are you serious? Give me a hug!
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“Oh my God. What do I say to him? Oh my … what am I going to say to him? I won’t be able to talk! I’ll just be standing there just looking at him.
“Mate, am I excited? Gee! I’d cry if I met him! Oh my God. The Rock! Are you serious? Oh my God. I don’t know what to say. Oh mate, honestly I’ll cry. Seriously, I will cry. I promise you, I’ll cry. Oh man, I love him. I actually love him.”
Some time later, after he’d (somewhat) regained his composure, Treloar appeared on AFL 360 to talk about tomorrow’s interview of a lifetime, and the questions he might ask.
“I’ll probably just stare at him for about five minutes before I interview him, and then maybe chuck in a few sneaky wrestling questions, because I was a massive wrestling fan, and then probably just go on from there,” Treloar said.
“I’d love for him to Rock Bottom me — I don’t know if you know what that move is, but that was his special move, so I wouldn’t mind a Rock Bottom or something … maybe the People’s Elbow.
“When I was a kid, I first got introduced to it (professional wrestling) when I was really young, and at the time, the number one wrestler was The Rock. I just loved the way he was so charismatic and he was just so good to the crowd and everyone loved him, he wasn’t shy… I just loved him, I don’t know why.”
It’s going to be one of the best weekends of Treloar’s life, because after meeting The Rock on Friday, Treloar will line-up against his boyhood idol, Chris Judd, on Sunday. It’s the first time the two have clashed, and Treloar is relishing the prospect of testing himself against one of the game’s best.
But which meeting is he looking more forward to? Does he also “love” Chris Judd?
“Aww, not like I love The Rock,” Treloar admitted.
Sorry Juddy. But as The Rock would say: “Know your role and shut your mouth.”