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Dawyne Johnson: 'The Rock Obama' Will Continue to Smash Up 'SNL'

by Nicholas White, posted Nov 16th 2009 1:39PM
In an unpredictable world, it may be safe to expect one thing: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will be back on 'Saturday Night Live' as his popular character "The Rock Obama."

"Yeah, you bet," Johnson told Inside TV at Saturday's 'Planet 51' premiere in Westwood, Calif. "I love going on that show, and I have a great time."

The Rock Obama, who appeared on Oct. 17's 'SNL' in a sketch about the health care debate in Congress, is the hot-tempered, Incredible Hulk-like alter-ego (played by Johnson) of the mild-mannered Pres. Barack Obama, played by Fred Armisen. When egged on, he morphs into a muscular monster that attacks his opponents, tearing off limbs and throwing them out windows.In an unpredictable world, it may be safe to expect one thing: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will be back on 'Saturday Night Live' as his popular character "The Rock Obama."

"Yeah, you bet," Johnson told Inside TV at Saturday's 'Planet 51' premiere in Westwood, Calif. "I love going on that show, and I have a great time."

The Rock Obama, who appeared on Oct. 17's 'SNL' in a sketch about the health care debate in Congress, is the hot-tempered, Incredible Hulk-like alter-ego (played by Johnson) of the mild-mannered Pres. Barack Obama, played by Fred Armisen. When egged on, he morphs into a muscular monster that attacks his opponents, tearing off limbs and throwing them out windows.

The Oct. 17 episode was Johnson's second portrayal of The Rock Obama in 2009; the first came when he hosted 'SNL' on March 7.

Johnson says people have told him the real Pres. Obama is a fan of Johnson's The Rock Obama.

"It always helps when I know that the president enjoys the character, which I've heard," Johnson says. "So that's a good thing ... The Rock Obama is a character – there is always no shortage of material when it comes to our government. I love having fun."

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