“You’re from the Midwest, you’re very famous, you’re very popular, and you’re very articulate, please run for office,” Ferrell reportedly told James.
On Meyers’ show, Ferrell stared intently into the camera and doubled down on his plea. “LeBron, I’m telling you now. We need you,” he said.
The “Daddy’s Home” lead appeared uncharacteristically serious with his appeal for James to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. He couldn’t help make light of the situation soon after, however, by trying to score some free shoes as part of a joke that ran throughout the segment.
It’s unclear whether James was moved by Ferrell’s plea. He hasn’t commented on the TV appeal. But with actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson also being urged to run, a James candidacy could make for a star-studded Democratic primary.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.