Now that the rules have changed, and presidential elections are no longer strictly the domain of career politicians, there are plenty of would-be presidents giving some thought to a run at the Oval Office. One of those is Dwayne Johnson. The Hollywood superstar and former wrestler has previously said he’d be interested in campaigning for the presidency, so we asked him whether we can expect to see his name on an upcoming ballot.
In the meantime, you will definitely see Johnson run — not for office, but for his life — in the action-adventure film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which opens on December 20.
We’ve been seeing a lot of remakes and reboots in Hollywood in recent years — some good, so not so good. We’ve got our fingers crossed for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which looks like it’s part reboot, part sequel to the 1995 hit Jumanji, which starred the late, great Robin Williams. The new movie finds four teenagers getting sucked into a mysterious video game, where they become human avatars facing deadly adventures. Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and Dwayne Johnson star in the film, which has been getting some good word of mouth after early screenings. Johnson was particularly excited to make the movie, because he was a big fan of the original and its Oscar-winning star. (Click on the on the media bar below to hear Dwayne Johnson)
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle opens in theaters December 20.
From a young age, Dwayne Johnson grew up with a strong work ethic. In college, he was on a University of Miami football team that won a national championship. When his pro football career didn’t pan out, he worked hard to make the transition to pro wrestling, becoming one of the sport’s most popular stars. Then, he worked hard to parlay that popularity into a Hollywood career, which he’s done with spectacular success. But to him, it all starts with the work ethic, and he’s thankful he was raised that way. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dwayne Johnson)
Johnson currently stars in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle in theaters now.
Johnny Depp wasn’t the only star who turned to acting after his childhood ambition didn’t pan out as expected. Just as Depp hoped to achieve stardom as a musician, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson thought he’d achieve his greatness on the gridiron. As a football player, Johnson won an NCAA national championship at the University of Miami. But the NFL never came calling, and he was cut from the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League halfway through his rookie season. That’s when he got into the family business: wrestling. Johnson’s father and grandfather both wrestled, and when he joined the WWE in 1995, he became one of the circuit’s most popular performers. That popularity led to acting gigs, and over the last 15 years, the former linebacker has completed the transition to full-time thespian. While Johnson understandably first found big-screen success with action films like the G.I. Joe and The Fast and the Furious franchises, he’s branched out into drama and even comedy over the years. Because of that, he feels like his career is in the perfect place right now. (Click on the media bar to hear Dwayne Johnson)
Since he joined the franchise for the fifth film, Dwayne Johnson has become an integral part of the Fast and Furious universe. In addition to being featured in each of the last four installments, including current box office champion The Fate of the Furious, there’s talk of his character, Hobbs, getting his own spinoff movie! That comes as great news to Johnson, because he told us working on these films has been the most enjoyable professional experience he’s ever had. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dwayne Johnson)
You can see Johnson in The Fate Of The Furious, which is still in theaters everywhere, and his next movie, the movie adaptation of Baywatch, opens on May 26.