Dwayne Johnson has teased for nearly a year that he wouldn’t rule out a presidential bid, but on Saturday he took the next step. Well, maybe.
Hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend for a fifth time, the action star celebrated his induction into the Five-Timers Club with the help from fellow member Alec Baldwin and Tom Hanks, and with a big announcement.
“Starting tonight, I am running for the president of the United States,” Johnson proclaimed, to cheers from the studio audience. “I’ve already chosen my running mate. He’s also in the Five-Timers Club, and, like me, he’s very well-liked. He’s charming, universally adored by pretty much every human alive …” Despite Baldwin’s hopes, Johnson was of course referring to Hanks.
“Now, in the past, I never would considered running for president,” he said. “I mean, I didn’t think I was qualified at all, but now I’m actually worried that I’m too qualified.”
Johnson first mentioned publicly in June 2016 that he might consider a run for governor or president, noting, “but there are a lot of other things I want to do first.” A few months later, he suggested he might be up for a 2020 bid for the White House, offering, “I wouldn’t rule it out. It would be a great opportunity to help people, so it’s possible. This past election shows that anything can happen.”
As Hanks pointed out on SNL, there are two things everyone can seemingly agree on: pizza, and the two of them. “I mean, I have been in two movies where a plane crashes,” he said, “and people are still excited to see me on their flight.”