Dwayne ''The Rock'' Johnson Admits He's Seriously Considering a Run for President

Does the Baywatch actor want to be commander-in-chief?

By Meg Swertlow May 10, 2017 12:00 PMTags
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Is The Rock going to rock the vote in 2020? Sounds like a hard maybe.

Dwayne Johnson, whom you may know as the highest paid movie star on the planet and a pretty rad dad, is getting serious with GQ about a possible desire to run for President of the United States.

"I think that it’s a real possibility," confessed the Baywatch actor. "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.'"

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In the no-holds-barred interview, the 45-year-old actor, who did not publicly endorse any candidate in 2016, also tackles the topic of the controversial travel ban proposed by President Donald Trump.

"I completely disagree with it," he said without hesitation. "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."

As for how he thinks our current president is doing so far? 

"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," said Johnson. "We all have issues, and we all gotta work our s--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."

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If Johnson does run, you'd better believe he'll get the big-wig backing of some serious Hollywood heavyweights.

Ron Meyer, the NBCUniversal Vice Chairman, said: "If [becoming the president] is something he focused on...he probably would accomplish it. I think there's nothing that he couldn't do."

When asked if he'd vote for the superstar when it came to election day, Meyer, whose studio produces the Fast & the Furious franchise, said, "I would vote for him without a question."

Talk about a ringing endorsement!

The June issue of GQ will be on newsstands in New York and LA May 16 and nationwide May 23.