Though he’s teased a 2020 presidential run multiple times, actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has now confirmed that it’s simply not in the cards for him.
“Unfortunately I don’t see it happening in 2020. It’s a position that requires years of hard work and experience to learn the skills,” the “Jumanji” star told Vanity Fair in a recent interview promoting his latest film, “Skyscraper.”
“There’s a lot of ground to cover, and due to my schedule, it’s not possible in 2020,” he continued. “I have so much respect for the position. It’s something that I seriously considered. What I need is time to go out and learn.”
While his statement doesn’t rule out a presidential run at some point down the line, it signals that Johnson is unlikely to run against President Donald Trump in the next election cycle.
Johnson’s suggestions that he might run for president always seemed more for attention-getting purposes than anything else — there was no viewpoint or political positions attached to them. Johnson is one of the few modern celebrities who mostly stays away from politics. And that’s done wonders for his career — he’s one of the few bankable A-listers left.
Though he won’t be hustling for votes on the stump, Johnson will definitely be busy in front of the camera. He has new “Jumanji” and “Fast and Furious” movies on the way and a new season of his HBO show “Ballers.” Plus, the action movies “Red Notice” and “Jungle Cruise” land in theaters next year and the year after.