Dwayne Johnson’s new NBC comedy Young Rock has him campaigning for president in 2032, but the actor and producer sidestepped the possibility of a real run one day.
Young Rock is a coming-of-age story inspired by the former pro-wrestler’s colorful but challenging childhood and youth. He is framed by adult Johnson’s reflections on his life as he competes for office.
Is Johnson cleverly preparing America for its next act?
“I think socialmediagossips will prepare me. I can tell, ”he replied with a laugh.
Young Rock executive producer Nahnatchka Khan suggested Tuesday the Associated Press use the candidacy as a means to reconsider his past. Johnson is also executive producer on the series, which debuts on February 16 with its younger versions of Adrian Groulx, Bradley Constant and Uli Latukefu.
“We tried to find a creative way that I could be intertwined in each episode to be a part of it. That was (Khan’s) idea, and I was a little reluctant at first because it’s political, ”he said. “You just knew that by the time the show came out, politics was going to take another tough turn and be as polarizing as it is.”
Khan’s convincing argument: “She said something about the effect:” Well, you always say you are a man of the socialmediagossips and I think we should try, “said Johnson.
In a 2018 Vanity Fair interview, the film and television star said he was seriously thinking about running a 2020 presidential campaign but decided against it.
During a Tuesday Q&A with television critics, Johnson was asked if he would invite U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren – a self-proclaimed fan of Johnson’s Ballers’ 2015-19 sports comedy – to a cameo on Young Rock.
“If we’re lucky enough to come back for a second round (of episodes) then maybe she will,” he said. What about President Joe Biden as a guest?
“Well I can see that,” he told The AP. “It all depends on how far we go with it (the show). But I’m friends with Sen. Warren, President Biden, and Vice President Kamala Harris, so I wouldn’t rule that out. “
Johnson, a self-described independent, gave the Biden-Harris Democratic Ticket its first political endorsement last year. But he suggests a bipartisan approach to Young Rock.
“I’m friends with a lot of Republicans too. So who knows what kind of melting pot policy we’ll have along the way if we happen to be lucky enough to come back,” said Johnson.