Dwayne Johnson Says He WILL Run For President…in 2024
UPDATE (12/15/17 11.30 a.m. ET)
Will he? Won't he? Will he?!
Dwayne Johnson is confusing the hell out of us about whether or not he'll run for President of the United States.
Just last week on the Graham Norton Show, he said he was sticking to acting. But yesterday....
In an interview with Variety while promoting his latest movie Jumanji, The Rock seemingly threw his hat back in the ring.
He said, "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.''
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He also spoke about how it all came to be, revealing he had never thought about being POTUS until The Washington Post said he could actually win.
"It all started out of the blue.
“It was never something that I trumpeted and beat my chest and ever said publicly, ‘This is what I’m going to do.'
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"But as that story picked up, Americans picked it up and there was this sentiment of, ‘We’re not joking, and we would really love the idea if you would run.'
“In that, I knew I had to listen to the people and really, really 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.”
Ok Dwayne, we're hella confused. Read on to see what he said last week!
ORIGINAL (12/09/17 2.45 p.m. ET)
Dwayne Johnson has shelved plans to run for President of the United States but he is ''very flattered'' by the response.
The Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle star had previously expressed a desire to turn his hands to politics but has now said he will stick to acting for the time being.
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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.''
Kevin Hart jokingly added, ''100%. 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.''
Back in May, Dwayne admitted running for president is a ''real possibility'' and says he has been considering moving into politics ''more and more."
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.
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"[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 shit out.
You know @KevinHart4real and I f*ck with each other all day and night, but when Jack Black impersonates me (which this is the FIRST Im ever hearing him do this) my belly laugh is DEEP.Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 9, 2017
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"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.''