Over the years, several celebrities have expressed interest in running for President of the United States, including action superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. During a recent interview with Stephen Colbert, he talked about whether he was sincere about pursuing the job.
“Do you actually take that possibility seriously?” Colbert asked, to which the actor and WWE star answered: “I absolutely do, yes.”
However, Johnson noted that he wouldn’t be ready for a 2020 presidential bid because he didn’t have enough experience to run the country. But he did want to address the issue because many fans are excited about the possibility.
“So, when that started picking up, of course when I’m asked—yes, I have incredible respect for our American people and our country—so I said ‘Yes, I would consider it,’” Johnson explained.
“But at the same time, Stephen, I mean look, I’m not delusional at all. Like, I feel like I… you know what it is? I need that thing… oh, experience.
“So, if that were to happen in 2024, 2028, I would have to go to work and get some experience, you know, and understand the policy.”
Johnson may have been alluding to greenhorn President Donald Trump, who got the job with zero political experience under his belt.
Other celebs are also eager for Johnson to work in the White House. Earlier this year, actress Meryl Streep suggested that Oprah Winfrey would make a great president, while Johnson would be the perfect person to advise her.
“That would be a pretty good ticket,” Streep said during an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! “You could just keep it Hollywood, you know. You could have The Rock as the joint chief of staff. Harrison Ford running defence.”
Would it be far-fetched to have a former professional wrestler/actor as President? Ronald Reagan was also an actor, and Trump was best known for hosting his own reality show before taking over as America’s leader. The line between celebrity and politics continues to blur.
Johnson is currently promoting his new disaster film Skyscraper about a man who does whatever he can to save his family from a burning building. He has appeared in numerous films since the early 2000s, including Jumanji, Moana, Baywatch, Furious 7, and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.