WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Tuesday night on NBC, Dwayne Johnson’s autobiographical sitcom will make its debut.
- The show covers the star’s life, and Johnson himself appears to answer mock interviews during his presidential campaign.
- The actor has talked about running for president before, and he said he wasn’t “flippant” about it. A presidential run for Johnson could happen in the future “if that’s what the people wanted.”
Young Rock is an autobiographical sitcom that will feature Hollywood star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s life. The show, which will premiere Tuesday on NBC, covers Johnson at three different ages growing up. According to USA Today, the star also reflects on his life as his present-day self in mock interviews while campaigning for president.
If that isn’t something that may hint at a future presidential run, Johnson himself has spoken about his ambitions of becoming president, saying that he was “seriously considering” a future run back in 2017. He was firm with his answer, telling USA Today that he meant it and isn’t “flippant in any way.” Johnson said that he would have his “finger on the pulse”, but ultimately, a presidential run would be “up to the people.”
Young Rock was created by Nahnatchka Khan, who was praised by the actor for perfectly tackling his “wildly Forrest Gump-ian life.” Johnson looks forward to being able to look back on his “complex and awesome and crazy and unbelievable” life and be able to share it with audiences.
He told the New York Times that he was very involved with the series’ casting. He spent time with the cast before shooting began, letting them know about his life during that time. What really got him was searching for the right people to play his parents and grandmother. He admitted spending time with them and having certain conversations would have him welling up “within seconds.”