With a hostless 91st Academy Awards about to be unveiled to us on February 24th, here comes the news that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, was approached to host the gig. Which only amplifies the obvious fact that the Academy is trying to turn the Oscars into the MTV movie awards, what with Kevin Hart/The Rock touted as hosts, the technical categories being announced during commercial break and the pathetic Best Popular Oscar category trying to adhere to the fanboy contingent of viewers.
Johnson, in a recent Twitter post, revealed that he was the original choice, even before Kevin Hart, to host the gig:
“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.”
I do wonder what kind of dirt would have been unearthed on the guy. After all, he did make a career as a wrestler in Vince McMahon’s raunchy WWF/WWE. No one is left unscathed in these Robespierre-like times.