The Rock repeats he's "seriously considering" running for President

This is not a drill.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson isn't kidding when he says he's ready to take a crack at running for President.

Earlier this week on The Ellen Show Hollywood's second highest paid actor said he was "seriously considering" the prospect of becoming the leader of the free world.

"It would be a great opportunity to help people, so it's possible. This past election shows that anything can happen," the actor told Ellen.

Now the 45-year-old has reiterated his political ambitions in an interview with Variety saying he's had a legit look at how his movie career would fit with a Presidential campaign.

"I couldn't do both," Johnson said. "Realistically, as we go into 2018, when you look at my slate as we're developing and shooting into 2019 and 2020, the slate goes deep into 2021, so it feels like the realistic consideration would be 2024."

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles this week (Dec. 14)
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles this week (Dec. 14)

The wrestler, who politically identifies as a registered independent after attending both Republican and Democratic conventions in the past, says that a career in politics wasn't something he'd really considered until an article ran in the Washington Post in June 2016 saying he could actually win.

"It was never something that I trumpeted and beat my chest and ever said publicly, 'This is what I'm going to do,' but as that story picked up, Americans picked it up and there was this sentiment of, 'We're not joking, and we would really love the idea if you would run,'" Johnson told Variety.

"In that, I knew I had to listen to the people and really, really think about it," he continued. "That's where I'm at right now - I'm well aware politics is not the business I'm in, so the best thing I can do is continuing to listen and learn as much as I can. I'm continuing to watch our presidency and watch how every new development is handled. I continue to watch our leaders in government, and like all Americans, I continue to be hopeful that our leaders exhibit poise, perspective and the ability to bring our country together during these tough times - which I don't feel our presidency is currently doing - so that's where I'm at."

If he does run he's got a supporter in his Jumanji co-star Kevin Hart "I know where his heart is," Hart told Ellen. "I really know him. So I know if he puts himself in that position it's for the better of the people. I can only applaud him and support him for doing that."