Dwayne Johnson Claims He Almost Hosted The Oscars But Had To Turn It Down For ‘Jumanji’

02.06.19 4 months ago 3 Comments

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This year’s Academy Awards have been the more reported-on than in previous years, and for good reason: They can’t lock down an Oscars host. They had one for a bit — namely, one Kevin Hart — but then he was driven from the gig in record time. But as with much in life, all this madness could have been avoided had AMPAS been able to enlist Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

The wrestler-turned-actor (-turned-presidential candidate one day maybe?) took to Twitter Wednesday night after someone tagged him in a post, recommending the onetime star of The Scorpion King for the gig that, at this point, no longer exists. (Two weekends out, it appears the Academy will indeed have a revolving door cast of famous presenters, which may include the Avengers.) Well, The Rock — no stranger to talking to his fans online — chimed in.

“I was their first choice to host this year, and my goal was to make it the most fun and entertaining Oscars ever,” Johnson tweeted. “We all tried hard, but couldn’t make it work since I’m shooting Jumanji. Academy and I were super bummed but maybe one day down the road.”

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