Dwayne Johnson Rules Out a Run for President: ‘It’s Off the Table’ (Video)

The “Black Adam” star has reconsidered his aspirations for political office

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is no longer considering running for president. The actor/producer/entrepreneur revealed in a new interview that, despite alluding to exploring a run for president over the past few years, he’s now decided against the idea. And for good reason.

“It’s off the table. Yes. It is off the table,” Johnson told CBS Sunday Morning in an interview that airs Oct. 9. “I will say this ‘cause it requires a B-side to this. I love our country and everyone in it. I also love being a daddy. And that’s the most important thing to me is being a daddy, number one, especially during this time, this critical time in my daughters’ lives.”

Johnson added that the time he’s spent on the road with his many projects and commitments has made him value time with his family all the more.

“I know what it was like to be on the road and be so busy that I was absent for a lot of years in my first daughter’s.  …Growing up in this critical age at this critical time in their life, and that’s what the presidency will do. So my number one priority is my daughters.”

Johnson added, “Sure, CEO sounds great. But the number one thing I wanna be is daddy. That’s it.”

A year ago, Johnson was more open to the idea of running for the highest office in the United States, saying “indicators are all very positive in, for example, 2024 and in, for example, 2028.” He acknowledged his lack of expertise in the realm of politics, but noted his love of country.

“You know, at the end of the day, I don’t know the first thing about politics,” Johnson said in 2021. “I don’t know the first thing about policy. I care deeply about our country. I care about every f–king American who bleeds red, and that’s all of them. And – there’s no delusion here – I may have some decent leadership qualities, but that doesn’t necessarily make me a great presidential candidate. That’s where I am today.”

But upon further reflection, it sounds like Johnson has ruled out a run for president. At least for now.

The actor is on the cusp of launching his first-ever superhero role in DC’s “Black Adam,” out on Oct. 21, and is gearing up to begin production on the large-scale holiday film “Red One” for Amazon Prime Video.

Johnson’s duties aren’t just in front of the camera, though. He is the CEO and co-founder of his production company Seven Bucks Productions and, as of 2020, co-owner of the XFL.