Dwayne Johnson, Tom Hanks announce White House bid on SNL
DWAYNE "The Rock" Johnson is "officially" running for president in 2020 - and he's already chosen a running mate.
The Hollywood A-lister used his monologue as the host of the Saturday Night Live season finale over the weekend to share the big news.
Joined on stage by Alec Baldwin - who just finished playing President Donald Trump in the show's cold open - the 17-time host welcomed Johnson into SNL's Five Timers Club with one of the iconic smoking jackets.
The Central Intelligence star celebrated the milestone by announcing his candidacy for the White House.
"He's already in the Five Timers Club, and like me he's very well liked," Johnson teased, leading Baldwin to believe he'd been selected.
"He's charming, universally adored by almost every human alive … Mr Tom Hanks!"
Sporting a Five Timers Club smoking jacket, Hanks accepted the ticket before spruiking his political chops with Johnson.
"In the past, I never would have considered running for president. I didn't think I was qualified at all," Johnson said. "But now I'm actually worried I'm too qualified."
"Well, the truth is, America needs us," Hanks replied. "No one can seem to agree on anything anymore except for two things!"
"Pizza and us," Johnson declared.
Cool piece on why I should run for President. Maybe one day. Surely the White House has a spot for my pick up truck..https://t.co/JpkZ4w1eh3— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) March 25, 2016
Hanks explained how, together, they would get 100 per cent of the vote, because he would bring in the senior citizen vote - since he fought in WWII "in like 10 different movies" - while Johnson said he'd get the minority vote because "everyone just assumes that I'm whatever they are."
The pair solidified their campaign by unfurling a massive "Johnson Hanks 2020" banner amid a rain of red, white and blue confetti.
Although it's not clear if the two actors were serious, social media users were quick to jump on the "Johnson/Hanks 2020" bandwagon.
Dwayne Johnson and Tom Hanks have my vote in 2020. #SNLFinale— Catherine Dair (@catherinedair) May 21, 2017
Johnson told GQ earlier this month he was pondering a presidential run.
"I think that it's a real possibility," the Baywatch star said. "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.'"
Johnson, 45, didn't endorse either candidate in the 2016 presidential election, despite appeals from both parties, but he admitted he disapproves of President Trump's immigration ban.
"I completely disagree with it. I believe in our national security to the core, but I don't believe in a 'ban' that bans immigrants. I believe in inclusion," he explained.
"Our country was built on that, and it continues to be made strong by that. And the decision felt like a snap judgment. I feel like the majority of, if not all, Americans feel that protection is of huge importance."