Everyone agrees the Rock would have made a great Oscars host, and apparently it very nearly happened.
After a user on Twitter suggested that the Academy should pick Dwayne Johnson to host the show next year, the man himself responded.
On Thursday, The Hollywood Reporter followed up Johnson’s tweet, publishing an interview with the actor in which he opened up getting the call to be Oscars host.
“Yeah, well, they actually asked me to host,” Johnson said. “I was so excited to get that call, and I didn’t anticipate it. We didn’t campaign for it, but it came and I was over the moon and one of those calls where I said, I’m going to have to call you back. I just paused in my silence and was like, wow thank you so much, and then immediately my brain started going, we’ll do this kind of number and that.”
He continued, revealing one of the ideas he had planned.
“I had this whole idea about this massive number, and I was going to sing and I was going to bring in this person to sing, this person from the audience, and… Oh my god,” Johnson said. “And they were excited, but finally I had to pass.”
Johnson added, “We were going to turn the Oscars on their head this year and make it something special and unique and different, and start a new era of how Oscars are going to be enjoyed. That was the goal, audience first. I wanted to try and create a scenario where, at the end of the night, my friends who won, my friends who didn’t win, all had, despite not winning, had the greatest time. That was the goal. So, one day.”
What’s interesting is that Johnson’s “Jumanji” co-star Kevin Hart was the person originally slated to host the Oscars this year, before stepping down over a number of old homophobic tweets resurfaced.
The Academy eventually confirmed that for the first time since 1989, the Oscars would be presented without a host.
Meanwhile, the still-untitled sequel to “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is scheduled for released Dec. 13, 2019.