The Rock gives another update on his presidential ambitions, including the earliest election year a campaign becomes a real possibility.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is "100 percent" serious about becoming the President of the United States, just not as soon as some of his biggest fans may have hoped.
The "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" star, who just received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, told Ellen DeGeneres earlier this week that he's "seriously considering" a campaign, but he provided a more detailed timeline in a new interview Variety published Thursday.
As anyone who's been keeping tabs on the in-demand actor's projects may have already noticed, Johnson's schedule won't allow him to run in 2020, which means America won't get to see movie star vs. reality star Donald Trump.
"I couldn't do both," Johnson 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."
Johnson continued to explain the idea of gaining leadership at this level "started out of the blue" when a 2016 column in the Washington Post revealed that the movie star would actually beat Trump if he were to run today.
"It was never something that I trumpeted and beat my chest and ever said publicly, 'This is what I'm doing to do,' 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,'" Johnson said.
And it makes sense that Johnson seriously considers public feedback, considering he began his ascent to stardom as The People's Champ on WWE.
"In that, I knew I had to listen to the people and really, really think about it," he added. "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."
If Johnson were to go through with running for office, he said he has an idea about the characteristics he'd look for in a vice president.
"Two necessities off the top of my mind are that I'd want my VP to be a tremendous leader and a high-quality human being," he said. "Whether that's from Hollywood, Washington, the medical field, Wall Street or education."