Dwayne Johnson in 'Tooth Fairy'Dear Rock, Dwayne, Mr. Johnson, Sir, The Rock:

We've often thought about writing to you over the past several years, but with the release of 'Tooth Fairy,' we can no longer keep silent. Please know that this letter comes from a place of concern.

We, your fans, know you don't take yourself too seriously and are game for just about anything. (A prolonged kiss with Steve Carell in 'Get Smart'? No problem. Wearing a unitard and performing in a ballet in 'The Game Plan'? Fine with you.) It's one of the things we most admire about you. We can certainly appreciate the fact that, being a dad yourself, you like to make movies for kids. And, given your easy, non-threatening screen presence, kids love you in return. No one's ever done a better job hosting the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.

But it's time to step away from the tutu, TR... Dwayne Johnson in 'Tooth Fairy'Dear Rock, Dwayne, Mr. Johnson, Sir, The Rock:

We've often thought about writing to you over the past several years, but with the release of 'Tooth Fairy,' we can no longer keep silent. Please know that this letter comes from a place of concern.

We, your fans, know you don't take yourself too seriously and are game for just about anything. (A prolonged kiss with Steve Carell in 'Get Smart'? No problem. Wearing a unitard and performing in a ballet in 'The Game Plan'? Fine with you.) It's one of the things we most admire about you. We can certainly appreciate the fact that, being a dad yourself, you like to make movies for kids. And, given your easy, non-threatening screen presence, kids love you in return. No one's ever done a better job hosting the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.

But it's time to step away from the tutu, TR...

The Rock in 'Scorpion King'Yes, we're referring to your 'Tooth Fairy' outfit, the most ridiculous costume you've ever sported, far surpassing your cartoonish 'Scorpion King' getup. (Tellingly, no photos of you in said tutu seem to exist.) Sure, nothing gets yucks like a musclebound guy in pastel-colored tulle, but it was just one of several tired sight gags in your most lightweight family-friendly movie to date -- which is quite a distinction at this point. (At least in 'Game Plan' you wore a bona fide male ballet outfit and, may we note, your onstage moves weren't half bad! The movie, however, was predictable fluff.)

Add to this your lead voice in the animated 'Planet 51' and starring role in innocuous family flick 'Race to Witch Mountain,' both released last year. Again, we understand the kid appeal, but you're so much better than that, TR! Just because your effortless charisma, comic timing and fabulous looks have carried many a goofy plot doesn't mean it has to be that way!

There have been glimmers of hope: your suave secret agent in 'Get Smart,' your nicely played gay bodyguard in 'Be Cool,' which stole the movie. In the mostly incoherent but intriguing 'Southland Tales' you took on a rare serious role, which, according to the New York Times, you played "with lilting delicacy." Lilting delicacy, TR!

Clip from 'Be Cool'



It looks like you've got a couple of promising films coming out later this year – the potentially hilarious action comedy 'The Other Guys,' directed by Adam McKay ('Talladega Nights,' 'Anchorman'), starring Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell; and (according to IMDB) the revenge action pic 'Faster,' definitely a step in the right direction. (Hey, we're still chuckling over 'The Rundown.') For the record, it would be fabulous to see you cast as a good, old-fashioned superhero.

The Rock/Steve Carell in 'Get Smart'But how about really stepping out of the comfort zone? Apparently you were Tim Burton's second choice to play Willy Wonka in 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,' an idea that simply boggles the mind. Perhaps there's an equally unorthodox part in an upcoming Burton movie? Obviously you like a good challenge. As you were quoted in USA Today, "If you tell me there's something I can't do, I'll want to do it even more, especially when it comes to entertaining."

OK, we say you can't do an edgy romantic comedy. Or a cerebral sci-fi flick.

Maybe your movie career is just preparation for public office, like your pal The Governator, in which case you totally have our vote, especially if you'd be anything like The Rock Obama. But meanwhile, please come back to the land of grown-ups and let Vin Diesel do the kiddie movies. We're tired of apologizing for loving you.

Your devoted fan,
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