Last year Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson hinted that he was thinking about running for the US presidency, telling Vanity Fair he “wouldn’t rule it out.”
“It would be a great opportunity to help people, so it’s possible,” Johnson said in November, as the world was still reeling from Donald Trump’s shock win of the American election.
Now, it appears President Dwayne Johnson is even more of a possibility, after he revealed he is seriously considering launching a campaign for the 2020 election.
“It’s a real possibility,” Dwayne told GQ this week.
“A year ago, it started coming up more and more,” he said, revealing that both Trump and Hillary Clinton sought his endorsement for their own campaigns.
“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.'”
The Fast and the Furious star said he was against Trump’s travel ban, which involves barring visitors from some Muslim majority countries to the US.
“I completely disagree with it. 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.”
He was careful when he offered his critique of how president Trump is doing.
“Personally, I feel that if I were president, poise would be important,” Johnson said.
“Leadership would be important. Taking responsibility for everybody. [If I didn’t agree with someone] on something, I wouldn’t shut them out. I would actually include them.
The first thing we’d do is we’d come and sit down and we’d talk about it. It’s hard to categorise right now how I think he’s doing, other than to tell you how I would operate, what I would like to see.”
NBC Universal vice chairman Ron Meyer made a convincing argument for President Johnson to the magazine.
“If [becoming the president] is something he focused on, he probably would accomplish it. I think there’s nothing that he couldn’t do.”
As last year’s election of Trump to the American presidency proved, anything can happen.