Finally, an answer to one of the most burning questions of our political times: Will Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson take on President Trump in 2020? Sorry, folks, the wrestler-turned-actor will not be battling for the White House . . . this time.
Turns out that launching one’s political career by seeking the highest office in the land and creating a major political campaign from scratch takes time that Johnson just doesn’t have at the moment. “Unfortunately I don’t see it happening in 2020,” he told Vanity Fair on Tuesday at the New York premiere of his new flick, “Skyscraper.” “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.”
Translation? For the foreseeable future, he’ll be too busy making heaps and heaps of cash. He’s booked up with plenty of work, including some potentially seriously lucrative films. His IMDb page lists him as appearing in no fewer than nine movies that are either in the preproduction phase or just merely announced, including the sequel to “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” the “Fast and Furious” spinoff “Hobbs and Shaw,” thriller “Red Notice,” co-starring Gal Gadot, and two movies in which he stars as DC superhero Black Adam.
Hard to imagine there’d be time to get much policy-briefing time in, let alone a moment to schedule a debate.
But his friend and business partner Hiram Garcia wouldn’t rule out a future political life for the Rock and framed his decision as one by a guy who doesn’t want to just dabble. “Dwayne really does care about the people, and he has great respect for the position that it requires and holds,” Garcia told the magazine. “Whenever we talk about him running for president, he’s very aware of the position and knows what is required of it, and he doesn’t like to speak loosely about it ’cause he respects the job, and respects the people and what it took to get there.”