Dwayne Johnson Calls Running for Presidency a "Real Possibility"
The action star opens up about political aspirations and why he passed on endorsing a 2016 presidential candidate even though he was asked by both Trump and Clinton for the nod.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson says he's giving serious thought to changing careers.
The lovable action star — also the highest paid male actor — opened up in a recent GQ interview where he discussed his possible political aspirations and why, even through he was asked by both camps, he passed on endorsing either candidate in the 2016 president election.
Last year, The Washington Post published an op-ed stating Johnson could be a force to be reckoned with if he decided to enter the political arena.
Since then, Johnson told GQ's Caity Weaver he has given the notion some deep thought. And when asked if he will run, he replied, “I think that it's a real possibility," according to Weaver. She noted the response was solemn.
Johnson also opened up about being asked by both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for an endorsement during last year's election season. He refused both offers for multiple reasons, he explained to Weaver.
“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," Johnson began. "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.”
Johnson, who stars in the upcoming Baywatch, told both camps he would rather Americans make up their own minds, according to Weaver.
The former wrestling superstar was asked about Trump, and while he did answer the questions, he remained somewhat cagy, the GQ writer noted.
“Personally, I feel that if I were president, poise would be important. Leadership would be important," Johnson said. "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 categorize right now how I think he's doing, other than to tell you how I would operate, what I would like to see.”
Asked about the travel ban, Johnson was direct and had an immediate answer.
“I completely disagree with it,” Johnson 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."