Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is giving serious thought to the idea of running for president and may have already been tapped up by both the Democrats and Republicans over potentially mounting a campaign for the Oval Office.
The Fate of the Furious star revealed, in an interview with GQ, that the subject had been on his mind for some time.
“A year ago, it started coming up more and more,” Johnson explained.
“There was a real sense of earnestness, which made me go home and think, ‘Let me really rethink my answer and make sure I am giving an answer that is truthful and also respectful.’ I didn’t want to be flippant — ‘We’ll have three days off for a weekend! No taxes!’”
Asked to clarify whether he was seriously considering a challenge, The Rock added: “I think it’s a real possibility.”
Some may scoff at the idea of Johnson launching a political career but as Donald Trump’s recent success demonstrates, anything is possible in US politics.
More importantly, The Rock represents the highest paid actor in the world at present and someone ranked in Time’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
After the divisiveness of “The Donald” he could also be the perfect candidate to unite the nation again with Johnson previously speaking out to Yahoo against the Trump travel ban.
“I completely disagree with it,” he said. “I believe in our national security to the core, but I don’t believe in a ‘ban’ that bans immigrants. I believe in inclusion. Our country was built on that, and it continues to be made strong by that.”
And there’s a history of both wrestlers and actors enjoying success in political office as Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura and a certain Ronald Reagan demonstrate.
Johnson’s appeal has not gone unnoticed by the two main parties either, with The Rock revealing in an interview with Yahoo Movies that representatives of both the Republican and Democrat parties reached out to him for endorsements ahead of the last election.
He opted against choosing sides on that occasion, but it did give him food for thought.
“I feel like I’m in a position now where my word carries a lot of weight and influence, which of course is why they want the endorsement,” he said.
“But I also have a tremendous amount of respect for the process and felt like if I did share my political views publicly, a few things would happen — and these are all conversations I have with myself, in the gym at four o’clock in the morning — I felt like it would either (a) make people unhappy with the thought of whatever my political view was. And, also, it might sway an opinion, which I didn’t want to do.”
While a run for 2020 may be a little too early, Johnson could yet be persuaded to take the next step in his ascent to global superstardom and, given his popularity and messages of positivity and unity, he might just do it.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.