US Politics

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson says he’s seriously thinking about running for US president in 2020

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 December, 2017, 1:26pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 December, 2017, 1:26pm

Can you smell that possible 2020 presidential bid that The Rock is cooking?

Dwayne Johnson, the former Miami Hurricanes football player, turned pro wrestler, turned actor, has been telling multiple media outlets that he is seriously thinking about running for the US presidency.

Johnson has done what few others have been able to do: transition successfully from professional wrestling to Hollywood movie-making.

But can he transition successfully to politics?

In the past year and a half he’s made several serious and not-so-serious references to potentially running, in GQ, Vanity Fair, and on Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live.

On a recent appearance on The Ellen Show, however, Johnson gave his strongest indication yet when he was asked if he’s still mulling a bid for the White House.

“I’m seriously considering it, yes,” Johnson said.

Even before Johnson could respond, the question prompted a full endorsement from another guest on the show, comedian Kevin Hart, who called Johnson “genuine” and “very serious when it comes to spreading that love.”

Both Johnson and Hart star in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which opens in US theatres on Wednesday.

Johnson also announced this week he’s expecting a third child, a daughter, his second with girlfriend Lauren Hashian.

If he does throw his hat in the ring for president, The Rock could be facing another part-time South Florida resident and ex-WWE character, Donald Trump.