The Reel Cinemaniac: Vote Johnson-Hanks 2020

Alright, friends and neighbors, I would have filed this next bit of news under make-believe if we hadn’t previously had a President who was a Hollywood actor and another President who was a Reality television show host. Now, back in May 2017, Dwayne Johnson hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live. He used his opening monologue as a half-serious announcement of his intentions to run for the office of President in 2020. Johnson went so far as to call Tom Hanks to the stage too, naming Hanks his Vice-Presidential running mate. The bit garnered many laughs, but also some murmurs of interest. Though Johnson’s tone was ambiguous, many people have argued about whether he and Hanks were joking or not ever since.

The two titans of Hollywood have enjoyed the confusion of the announcement and continue to use it as the basis for jokes. In December 2017, however, Johnson appeared on Ellen to promote his latest film Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle, and DeGeneres asked him point blank if would run for the most prestigious office. Johnson simply stated the he was “seriously considering it.” A few days after that, Hanks was asked for an update from Yahoo Entertainment, during an interview to promote his new movie The Post. Hanks’ answer was a bit more involved, stating that he was “waiting to get the official bid from [Dwayne]; he’s the boss.”

It sounds like Johnson’s political aspirations are a little more unflinching than Hanks’. The pair will have to iron out a PR policy if this campaign is going to move forward. As Johnson’s presidential dream becomes more of a reality, his supporters are becoming more and more earnest as well. During the same appearance on Ellen, his Jumanji co-star Kevin Hart voiced some joke-free endorsements of Johnson’s stately qualities, stating, “If he were to put himself in that position, he would get my support whole-heartedly.”
This could be two great actors joking around, or it could be two like-minded individuals looking to better their country. I guess only time will tell the tale. If Johnson/Hanks 2020 becomes a reality, the political landscape would become quite interesting indeed.

Joshua Simpkins, affectionately known as “Big” Josh to his friends and family, has resided in the scenic KRV for most of his life. He is an alumnus of Kern Valley High School Class of 1997 and graduated with honors from Cerro Coso Community College Lake Isabella Campus in 2009. Josh is a devoted husband, loving father, and extremely proud grandpa. Not to mention his great love of the cinema is apparent in his film critiques.