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The United States has already had a President named "Barack." But is it ready for a President called "The Rock"? Movie star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson seems to think the prospect of becoming the next U.S. President is something to at least consider. In fact, the 45-year-old muscleman actor recently revealed his thoughts about a potential run for presidency, saying,
A year ago, it started coming up more and more. 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 . . . I think that [running for president is] a real possibility.
It was in a new interview with GQ that Dwayne Johnson shared the fact he is considering an eventual run for president. Dwayne Johnson censored his opinions on the people in Washington D.C. today. Not vocalizing those opinions harmonized with Johnson's decision not to endorse either of the two major candidates in the 2016 election. However, he was happy to describe what kind of a president he would be, saying,
Personally, I feel that if I were president, poise would be important. 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.
Sure, those are broad promises. Nevertheless, in the interview, the Moana and The Fate of the Furious star indicated he holds U.S. national security in the highest regard and also opposes bans that keep immigrants from entering the country. So, there are two potential stances for Dwayne Johnson's theoretical presidential campaign. Moreover, the movie star explained he would be open to people who disagree with him because he would want to know if he missed something.
Running for president--or any public office--could be difficult for Dwayne Johnson because of his hectic schedule, something he would have to give up. The former wrestling champion is busy with roles in and promotions for movies such as Baywatch, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and Fighting with My Family. Then again, if Johnson were going to announce a bid for the presidency, what better time to do it than when he is at the top of his game? The actor already travels far and wide for press events where he meets many people. He is a household name. Plus, he is one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood, so he might have the funds to kick off a campaign.
Of course, Dwayne Johnson said he is only thinking about this prospect. But he has certainly piqued our interest. The next presidential election campaign cycle is a couple of years away. Still, we'll keep an eye on this story to see what happens.