Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson has been teasing a presidential bid since last year, and apparently it’s something he’s still considering.
Johnson was asked about a potential run for the White House while speaking on a panel at Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con
on Sunday. The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
actor didn’t confirm serious interest in running but did joke about a possible campaign slogan. “I think ‘the people’s president’ has a really nice ring to it. I’ll just say that,” Johnson said.
Considering that Donald Trump won the presidency with only business and reality TV experience, who’s to say Johnson doesn’t have a shot? During an interview with Vanity Fair
just days after Trump’s win, Johnson noted how Trump’s success proves “anything can happen.”
“I wouldn’t rule it out,” he said at the time. “It would be a great opportunity to help people.”
In May 2017, the 45-year-old told GQ
that running in 2020 was “a real possibility
” after he noticed the type of attention his potential bid was getting on social media. “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 make sure I am giving an answer that is truthful and also respectful,” he said. “I didn’t want to be flippant—‘We’ll have three days off for a weekend! No taxes!'”
There is already some organizational support for “the people’s president.” In July, an organization called Run the Rock 2020 filed with the Federal Election Commission in support of the former WWE wrestler.
He isn’t the only celebrity
that may be running in the 2020 election. Shark Tank
star and business mogul Mark Cuban recently told CNN
that he was “considering” campaigning, especially if he could figure out a suitable way to handle his business holdings that Americans would support.
Rapper Kanye West also has hinted at a bid for. During the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, West claimed he would run for president and then followed up his comment during an interview with BBC Radio 1 a year later. “When I talk about the idea of being president, I’m not saying I have any political views,” he said. “I don’t have views on politics. I just have a view on humanity, on people, on the truth. If there is anything that I can do with my time and my day to somehow make a difference while I’m alive, I’m going to try to do it.”
Trump’s presidential win also seemed to inspire former NFL star Tim Tebow, who told Fox in 2016, “If there’s a chance to make a difference someday at something, that’s intriguing.”