Dwayne Johnson has confirmed for the first time that, all jokes aside, he is genuinely considering running for President in 2020.
Rumours that The Rock could run for office have been doing the rounds for several months now, with the WWE icon taking pretty much any and all opportunities to stir the pot with comments alluding to his potential candidacy.
Johnson wasn’t joking when Ellen Degeneres questioned him about it on her show, Ellen, though. Putting The Rock on the spot, DeGeneres asked: “Will you run?”
Her straight question got a straight answer too. “I’m seriously considering it, yes,” the Jumanji actor confirmed. Wow.
Johnson already has one key ally in the fight too, with co-star Kevin Hart backing his friend all the way. “If he were to put himself in that position, he would get my support wholeheartedly,” he said.
Though Hart ruled himself out of backing Johnson’s campaign financially, having the support of the world’s most popular comedian is a pretty good way to start things.
The Rock has spoken openly about the idea for some time now. Back in October, Johnson responded to a fan question on the topic at LA Comic-Con stating: “the ‘People’s President’ has a really nice ring to that. I’ll just say that.”
He also refused to rule out the idea during an interview with Vanity Fair in July. “I wouldn’t rule it out. It would be a great opportunity to help people, so it’s possible,” he said. “This past election shows that anything can happen.”
The wheels may already be in motion after paperwork was filed on behalf of the Fast and Furious star under the campaign “Run the Rock 2020.”
Johnson couldn’t be the first wrestler to take office in the US. Fellow WWE legend Jesse “The Body” Ventura previously served as Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003. He also starred in Predator. That’s one hell of a career.
With Donald Trump already rumoured to be seeking re-election, The Donald could soon be going one on one with the great one, The Rock, in the battle to end all battles.