A considered “A-list” actor is one whose name guarantees a wide domestic theatrical release, with the studios deciding who makes the extremely short list. Actors on this list include Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt and George Clooney.
Ronald Reagan may not have been considered an A-list actor, but he was popular nevertheless, and his venture to being elected to the highest office in the world in 1980 turned out to be a massive success for the United States. So it’s not as if actors can’t make good presidents, however, Reagan may be the only exception.
Another A-list actor is reportedly seriously considering running for President Trump’s job in 2020.
“Following the success of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, actor and former wrestler Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has revealed he is also considering a bid for the presidency.
‘I think that it’s a real possibility,’ Johnson told GQ in an interview.’ A year ago, it started coming up more and more.
There was a real sense of earnestness, which made me go home and think ‘Let me really rethink my answer and make sure I am giving an answer that is truthful and also respectful.’
Despite reportedly being a registered Republican, it is unclear whether Johnson would run on a party platform, or as an independent, having not endorsed any party or candidate in the 2016 race.
However, Johnson stated his opposition to Donald Trump’s executive order suspending immigration from seven terror prone countries, describing it as a ‘snap decision’ that led to ‘heartache.’”
And believe it or not, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has recently become the most profitable bankable movie star in the world. That means he’s at the top of the A-list.
Of course, being an action movie star shouldn’t exactly be a prerequisite to the presidency, and the difference between Trump and Johnson is billions of dollars in successful businesses.
But, nevertheless, people want Johnson to run and have been calling him to do so, which snowballed into an endorsement from a left-wing documentary filmmaker.
“Last week, in an interview with Variety, left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore called for Johnson to run as the Democratic candidate in 2020, arguing that Democrats need to put forward more Hollywood actors to appeal to the wider public.
‘Run the Rock! Run the Rock. Who do you want for a commander in chief? I want the f—ing Rock! It would scare anybody that would hurt us,’ Moore said.
‘Why don’t the Democrats run Tom Hanks? Why doesn’t Oprah run? Why don’t we run someone that’s beloved by the American people?’ he added.”
And these comments came to fruition on Saturday Night Live when Dwayne Johnson hosted the season finale to promote Baywatch – and also joined the “Five-Timers” club of hosts for the show.
Of course all of this was addressed in his opening monologue, and his running mate was consistent with Moore’s comments – another “Five-Timer”, Tom Hanks.
— The Hill (@thehill) May 21, 2017
Many think this was a joke, but the tone of their announcement seemed rather serious. Maybe announcing running for president is nothing more than a public relations move to drum up free publicity for Baywatch, since Twitter exploded after the announcement.
But maybe they are serious. In any case, we’ll find out in several years.