Dwayne Johnson and Tom Hanks announce US 'presidential bid'

goss 22/05/2017

Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is considering campaigning to become US President in 2020 - and he wants fellow Hollywood heavyweight Tom Hanks to be his running mate.

While the announcement may have all been in jest, the former WWE wrestler told GQ Magazine he was thinking about challenging incumbent President Donald Trump for the White House earlier this month - and a poll last week revealed Johnson might beat him.

And now Johnson, who hosted popular skit show Saturday Night Live for the fifth time at the weekend, has revealed he's definitely in, saying the poll result was "very flattering".

"Let me just say, once and for all: I'm in. Starting tonight, I am running for President of the United States," the Fast & Furious 8 star told the studio audience, to rapturous applause.

"In the past, I would have never thought of running for President - but now, I'm actually worried I'm too qualified."

He also announced who his Vice President will be, should he claim the presidency for himself - universally loved actor Tom Hanks, who joked that he "couldn't possibly turn [that offer] down".

"I mean, I've been in two movies where a plane crashes, and people are still excited to see me on their flight," Johnson's fellow five-time Saturday Night Live host said.

"Dwayne, together we would get 100 percent of the vote. I would get the senior vote, because I fought in World War II in like 10 different movies."

"And I would get the minority vote," Johnson continued, "because everyone just assumes that I'm, well, whatever they are."

Johnson's monologue announcing he was running for office brought an end to the show's 42nd series. The episode drew some negative publicity with a sketch starring Johnson that featured a child-molesting robot.

While Hanks campaigning as Johnson's running mate was clearly just in jest, it is not known whether Johnson himself is still taking a presidential bid seriously.