About a year ago, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson heavily implied he’d be interested in running for POTUS in 2020. Then a few months ago, he seemingly changed his mind and said 2024 might be more likely. Now, he’s letting everyone know that the 2020 election definitely will not have The Rock on the ticket.
The Rock made his intentions known to reporters on the red carpet of the New York premiere of Skyscraper yesterday. The Rock said he’s not running in 2020, because that’s just not enough time to prepare properly. via Vanity Fair
“Unfortunately I don’t see it happening in 2020. It’s a position that requires years of hard work and experience to learn the skills. There’s a lot of ground to cover, and due to my schedule, it’s not possible in 2020. I have so much respect for the position. It’s something that I seriously considered. What I need is time to go out and learn.”
The Rock does have a busy schedule: he currently has four films in development and when he’s done all that, there’s a good possibility he’ll start hitting whatever books you need to become Commander in Chief. The Rock’s good friend Hiram Garcia (a producer on Skyscraper) told reporters that he “really cares about the people” and he takes the decision to run for President “very seriously.” When asked if The Rock might retire from entertainment and go into politics, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hiram answered:
“You never know what will happen with Dwayne. Nothing is impossible for him. But right now, he’s very happy doing what he’s doing, ’cause he knows he can serve the people very well in this position of performing and entertaining.”
I’m taking that to mean that in another couple of years, The Rock will start hinting at a Presidential run again, then get our hopes up the minute he remembers that he makes way more money as an actor than he would as a civil servant. Hell, it would probably start costing him money; just think of how many skinny little vintage White House door frames would need to be retrofitted to ensure The Rock could pass through with his massive muscles.
Here’s more of The Rock (and some of The Rock’s daughter) at the premiere for Skyscraper yesterday.