The United States might have to gear up for yet another celebrity president.
Actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson told GQ in an interview published Wednesday that it’s “a real possibility” he might one day run for the highest office in the land.
“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.’ ” he said. “I didn’t want to be flippant — ‘We'll have three days off for a weekend! No taxes!’ ”
Last summer, Johnson, who was the highest paid actor of 2016, bringing home a whopping $64.5 million, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” co-host Michael Strahan that a political career is “very real” to him.
The “Baywatch” star said the idea of him becoming commander in chief “has become a legit thing to some people.” He said he will take the “temperature of the American people” as “time goes on.”
“If it is a very real, overwhelming, positive, strong, ‘We want you to run for president,’ and if I felt that I can step up to the plate and become a tremendous leader for our country and make a real difference and make change, I would do it,” he said at the time.
Johnson also tweeted out this article from the Independent Journal Review, in which writer Parker Lee explains the actor’s bipartisan appeal as a man who “respects, and is respected by, both the military and law enforcement” and is “a family man” and “no stranger to hard work.”
He described the 2016 story as a “cool piece” on why he should run for president.
GQ writer Caity Weaver described a President Johnson as a possibility that “doesn’t sound crazy,” given the wrestler-turned-Hollywood icon’s meteoric rise in entertainment.
Johnson was born in Hayward, California, to Rocky Johnson, who was a black Nova Scotian wrestler, and Ata Maivia, who, through her father, is connected to the Anoa’i family, a famous group of Samoan wrestlers. As a child, Johnson grew up with very little money.
Trying to run from his poor upbringing, Johnson racked up a list of arrests for fighting and petty theft while he was still a minor. But in high school, he turned things around, finding success — and purpose — in football.
“We had no money, and my grades were just average,” he said. “So it wasn’t like I was getting [an academic] scholarship. The University of Miami was the top program in the country. They were the national champions. I just wanted to go where I could compete.”
But because of several injuries he sustained in high school, Johnson didn’t make the cut for college football. Instead, he decided to try wrestling.
Johnson, with his larger-than-life charisma, found tremendous success in wrestling, going on to become a famous wrestler in the World Wrestling Federation, now known as World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
Johnson broke into acting when he was plucked from the wrestling ring in 2001. He starred as the Scorpion King alongside actor Brendan Fraser in “The Mummy Returns.”
Today, Johnson maintains a part-time contract with WWE in addition to his career as an actor.