Even before there was a WWE Hall of Famer in the White House, people were intrigued by the idea of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson making a run for the highest office in the land. But since Donald Trump’s proven someone with a sports entertainment background and no prior political experience can win a national election, folks are actually talking about The People’s Champ becoming Commander in Chief.
A new feature on Johnson in the latest issue of GQ isn’t going to quell speculation, either.
The story, ostensibly to promote his new movie, a R-rated comedy adaptation of the 90s television show Baywatch, spends a lot of time discussing Johnson’s political aspirations and even gives us a glimpse at what candidate Rock might sound like.
Asked if he would really give up his acting career - where he’s become the highest paid movie star on the planet - for public service, he not only answered in the affirmative, but tried to give an answer that indicates he’s not taking the prospect as a joke:
I think that it's a real possibility.
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!”
In addition to breaking down just how darn like-able the guy is, Caity Weaver’s article also clarifies Johnson is currently registered as an independent, was asked and turned down both Trump and Hillary Clinton’s camps’ request for an endorsement last year, reveals he is against the President’s so-called “Muslim Ban”, identifies as a “feminist” and really, really loves the troops.
As for what type of Chief Executive he’d be? Here’s his answer for what he’d like to see from a President - in particular, the one he would hypothetically run against in 2020:
I'd like to see a better leadership. I'd like to see a greater leadership. When there's a disagreement, and you have a large group of people that you're in a disagreement with—for example, the media—I feel like it informs me that I could be better. We all have issues, and we all gotta work our sh*t out. And I feel like one of the qualities of a great leader is not shutting people out. I miss that part. Even if we disagree, we've got to figure it out. Because otherwise I feel, as an American, all I hear and all I see in the example you're setting is “Now I'm shutting you out. And you can't come.” [Disagreement] informs us. The responsibility as president - I [would] take responsibility for everyone. Especially when you disagree with me. If there's a large number of people disagreeing, there might be something I'm not seeing, so let me see it. Let me understand it.
While President Rock is still probably a long shot - not because he wouldn’t win, but because I’m not convinced Johnson has time for it and think he’s probably too smart to really take it on - it’s actually possible. It’s certainly a thing people are going to continue to talk about.
These truly are interesting times, scripted fight fans.
Check out the entire GQ profile at this link.