For a minute, the celebrity cavalcade of presidential candidates for the 2020 election seemed in full swing, but it looks like one of the biggest names at the front of the movement has decided to bow out. Rolling Outreports that Dwayne Johnson has said that he is no longer interested in politics after briefly giving it some thought in an appearance in the press tour for his upcoming film Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle.
Speaking on “The Graham Norton Show,” he quipped, “It’s been very flattering. There’s been this really interesting uptick in public opinion, [people] wanting that to happen. The problem is that [Kevin Hart] will completely sabotage the campaign in 2020, 2024. He’ll literally sabotage it from the inside.”
Hart, who is his co-star in the upcoming movie and who also appeared on the show, had no shortage of jokes on the subject. “One hundred percent. I will take you down. I don’t want it to happen because it will make you that much better than me, and I just don’t want it. I would sabotage it in a heartbeat,” he joked.
This is a far cry from back in May, where it seemed like Johnson was seriously giving it some thought. He shared, “I think that it’s a real possibility. A year ago, it started coming up more and more. There was a real sense of earnestness, which made me go home and think ‘Let me really rethink my answer and make sure I am giving an answer that is truthful and also respectful …
“Personally, I feel that if I were president, poise would be important. Leadership would be important. Taking responsibility for everybody. [If I didn’t agree with someone] on something, I wouldn’t shut them out. I would actually include them. The first thing we’d do is we’d come and sit down and we’d talk about it. We all have issues, and we all gotta work our s**t out. And I feel like one of the qualities of a great leader is not shutting people out. I miss that part. Even if we disagree, we’ve got to figure it out.”
As beloved as he is, recent events may have people calling out for a little bit of normalcy in their politics. Perhaps this has guided Johnson’s hand a bit to stay in the acting world, where he has found plenty of success.