"Let's look each other in the eye like men", Colbert said to Johnson before downing the shot. He recently sat down with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show where he revealed why he put his political career on hold for now. "Just got word that will shock the world - Land of the free. home of the fearless DAMN PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!" was the social media message The Rock posted foreshadowing then-President Barack Obama's announcement.
"When that (article) started picking up, of course when I'm asked - yes, I have incredible respect for our American people and our country - so I said, 'Yes, I would consider it, '" he shared. When I tweeted that, I was told that the president was just about to walk on at his press conference in 30 seconds.
Calls for Johnson to run for president began in June 2016 following the release of an op-ed piece in The Washington Post that suggested he could win an election based on his likability and ancestry.
While Johnson has spoken about the subject in various interviews, during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night he explained that he has no desire to potentially go up against current U.S. President Donald Trump in 2020 and that he would only be serious about entering politics if he could commit "110%". It kinda picked up this steam, and when it picked up this steam a lot of the American public thought, 'that's a great idea!' "Of course, I would".
"But at the same time, Stephen, I mean look, I'm not delusional at all", he added. "I need that thing... oh, experience", he said.
"It's Biden, right? Biden told you", Colbert joked.
When The Rock's Samoan heritage came up, Colbert asked the actor to "do a little singing" with a Samoan song, and even broke out shots of tequila to warm the performer's vocal chords up.