“The Rock” Johnson is now saying that he wants to run for President of the United States by 2024. While Ronald Reagan was an actor before he became POTUS, the Hollywood career had ended by the time he had taken the oath of office. The idea of a Rock presidency does not seem far-fetched, with TV host, Donald Trump having won the 2016 election.
Hmmm, so hypothetical celebrity candidates…
The Rock has been on the top list since the 2016 Washington Post article had noted that he is willing to consider politics. It even said that the former People’s Champion might win the 2016 presidential election. Johnson had thanked the paper for the vote of confidence.
In May, The Rock had told GQ that him making a decision to run for president was a possibility. The Fast and Furious franchise star told Variety that he is considering to mount the presidential campaign by 2024.
While this may mean that he will not run against Donald Trump, he says that the acting slate is too full as of now to make 2020 an option. Here is what he said,
“I couldn’t do both. Realistically, as we go into 2018, when you look at my slate as we’re developing and shooting into 2019 and 2020, the slate goes deep into 2021, so it feels like the realistic consideration would be 2024. […] I knew I had to listen to the people and think about it. That’s where I’m at right now — I’m well aware politics is not the business I’m in, so the best thing I can do is continuing to listen and learn as much as I can. I’m continuing to watch our presidency and watch how every new development is handled. I continue to watch our leaders in government, and like all Americans, I continue to be hopeful that our leaders exhibit poise, perspective and the ability to bring our country together during these tough times — which I don’t feel our presidency is currently doing — so that’s where I’m at.”
Dwayne Johnson is 45-years-old and this puts him at 52 by the 2024 presidential race. This is at the lower end of the age ladder. It will give Johnson an opportunity to spend the next few years learning about how the government works. It remains to be seen what banner he may run under.
One topic that Johnson discussed with Variety is the wave of sexual harassment allegations against a few Hollywood figures. The Rock did not mince his words: “I’ve shaken the hands of a few of these men, and I want to choke them out, but it’s important to stay poised right now and keep that in mind.”