Dwayne Johnson is one of the biggest film stars in the world—and he could be angling for a new starring role.
“I’ll be honest, I haven’t ruled politics out. I’m not being coy when I say that, but at the moment I am not sure,” the 44-year-old told British GQ. “I can’t deny that the thought of being governor, the thought of being president, is alluring. And beyond that, it would be an opportunity to make a real impact on people’s lives on a global scale. But there are a lot of other things I want to do first.”
Johnson has dabbled in politics a bit in the past—he appeared at the 2000 Republican national convention as "The Rock" to promote voter registration, and he's appeared on Saturday Night Live multiple times as "The Rock Obama," a larger, angrier, "more violent" verison of President Obama who eschews the POTUS's evenhanded diplomacy in favor of, you know, throwing opponents out of Oval Office windows.
The Fast and Furious star was nicknamed the “People’s Champion” when he was in the WWE and that could make him quite the popular candidate if he actually did run for office. But The Washington Post took the idea a step further: Writer Alyssa Rosenberg did some back-of-the-envelope math, and argued that Johnson could “actually win” an election for president if he ran.
Johnson took to Instagram to comment about the WaPo article, in which Rosenberg took a look at Johnson’s background, his favorability rating to the public, and the current state of election. All of those factors put together, she argued, could make Johnson the ultimate candidate for public office one day in the future.
Interesting piece from The Washington Post on if I ran for POTUS I could actually win. Writer Alyssa Rosenberg did some pretty good research into my background (slave descendants fighting for their freedom, Revolutionary War etc). Much more to uncover but well done. More and more pieces like this are popping up due to the Presidential election and they're cool/fun to read... I care DEEPLY about our county... and the idea of one day becoming President to create real positive impact and global change is very alluring. Buuuuut until that possible day, the most important thing right now is strong honest leadership from our current and future leaders of this country. Thanks again Washington Post.
The action star has been on a hot streak when it comes to his acting career: His new film Central Intelligence opened with $35.5 million at the box office in its first week, the second season of his HBO show Ballers is set to premiere July 17, and he has a huge slew of projects coming on the horizon, including Fast 8, Baywatch, Doc Savage, Jumanji, and the animated Disney film Moana.
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