NEW YORK — Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Tom Hanks announced they were running for president on the season finale of “Saturday Night Live” on Saturday — sort of.
Johnson used his opening monologue to plan his candidacy with Hanks as vice president.
“I just want to say once and for all, I’m in. Starting tonight, I’m running for the president of the United States,” Johnson said before introducing Hanks.
“Now, in the past, I would have never considered running for president. I didn’t think I was qualified at all, but now I’m actually worried that I’m too qualified.”
“The truth is [that] America needs us,” Hanks said. “No one can seem to agree on anything anymore, except for two things.”
“Pizza and us,” Johnson clarified.
“I mean, I have been in two movies where the plane crashes, and people are still excited to see me on their flight,” Hanks continued. “Together, we would get 100 percent of the vote. I would get the senior vote because I fought in World War II … in like, 10 different movies.”
“And of course, I would get the minority vote, because everyone just assumes that I’m, well, whatever they are,” Johnson said.
The skit added fuel to the speculation that the former pro-wrestler-turned-superstar-actor is seriously considering a run for the presidency in 2020.
Johnson recently told GQ that there was “a real possibility” he would run for president.
And he didn’t help calm those rumors when speaking to Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” this week.
“A lot of people want to see a different leadership today — I’m sorry, not a different, but a better leadership today,” Johnson told Fallon.
Johnson was hosting the weekly show for the fifth time when Hanks and Alec Baldwin presented him with a five-timers jacket.