Dwayne Johnson Serious About Possible Political Future
Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson would seriously consider a future run for president as long as he felt able to make a “real difference” in people’s lives.
The Furious 7 star, known as The Rock in the wrestling ring, has found huge success in Hollywood since his breakout role in The Mummy Returns in 2001, and he has become one of the movie industry’s most beloved action men.
Johnson has also used his fame to help various charity endeavors over the years, and he has built up such a big fan following, his devotees believe he could one day make a great political leader – an idea which intrigues the 44-year-old.
Earlier this year, he told GQ, “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. 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.”
His comments helped boost fans’ hopes of a future White House bid, and Johnson, a registered Republican, insists he really is giving it some serious thought.
“(The idea of running for president) is very real,” The Rock declared on Good Morning America. “The idea of me being president one day has become a legit (sic) thing to some people.”
“As time goes on, we’ll take the temperature of the American people and if it is an 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 and make a real difference and make change, I would do it.”
If Johnson does decide to enter the world of politics, he won’t be the first athlete-turned-actor to do so. Fellow action man Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former Mr. Universe, became the Governor of California in 2003, serving two terms until 2011.
Meanwhile, other actors who have turned politicians include Clint Eastwood, who was elected as the Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, in the late 1980s, and Ronald Reagan, who famously became the 40th President of the United States in 1981.