11:49am PT by Katie Kilkenny
Dwayne Johnson Jokes He May Not Run for President Because Kevin Hart Will "Sabotage the Campaign"
Is Dwayne Johnson running for president in 2020? The actor has yet to confirm the widespread rumors of a presidential run, but on The Graham Norton Show recently he suggested why a campaign might be difficult. His co-star in the upcoming film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Kevin Hart, he says, would "completely sabotage the campaign."
"Here's the problem. It's been very flattering that there's been this really interesting uptick in public opinion wanting that to happen, but the problem is this guy to my right would completely sabotage the campaign," Johnson said when asked about his political plans for 2020 during a group discussion with Hart, Jessica Chastain, Jack Black and Rebel Wilson.
Hart emphatically agreed: "100 percent."
"I will take you down. I don't want it to happen because it would make you that much better than me, and I just don't want that to happen," he joked with his friend and co-star.
When Norton pressed Chastain on whether she would be a "cheerleader" for Johnson, she said she definitely would. "Have you seen his Instagram?" she asked.
Rebel Wilson also chimed in, telling Norton she would be "prepared to donate" to a potential Johnson campaign.
The rumors of a Johnson presidential run picked up steam after the actor told GQ that he thinks a campaign is "a real possibility" in June. In October Johnson continued to fan the flames of fan speculation when he commented, "I think 'The People's President' has a really nice ring to that. I'll just say that," on a panel at Los Angeles Comic Con.
Johnson and Hart appeared on The Graham Norton Show to promote Jumanji, which will be released in theaters Dec. 20.