Hollywood actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson recently opened up to GQ Magazine about the possibility of running for president in the future. This comes after he mentioned it in the past, even referring to it on Twitter this past March tweeting “maybe one day.”
When asked if he will truthfully give up his remarkable life as one of the highest-paid movie stars on the planet to run for president, he told GQ, “I think that it’s a real possibility.”
When it comes to his political views, this is still in question. He was asked by both presidential campaigns in the previous election to endorse them, but he turned them both down.
He credits this decision to the feeling that “his word carries a lot of weight and influence, which of course is why they want the endorsement.”
He also feels that if he shares his political views publicly, it would “make people feel unhappy” and “it might sway an opinion.”
He preferred to see Americans make up their own minds when it came to which party would be best.
For when it comes to what Johnson believes, he tells GQ that he is “independent.” Although, evidence points that he has attended both Republican and Democratic events in the past.
The Rock mentioned to GQ that if he were president “poise would be important. Leadership would be important. Taking responsibility for everybody.”
Having a celebrity run for the U.S Presidency isn’t unprecedented, as made evident by both Donald J. Trump and Ronald Reagan.
One of the most important qualities The Rock says a president should have is leadership. Likewise, the ability to communicate and listen would be two qualities he would hope to bring to the role.
The Rock also states that the U.S. should be a country that welcomes those less fortunate and in need and that the ideals of the constitution should be upheld. He mentioned that he believes in inclusion and that the United States was built on it and takes pride in it.
As we mentioned, Trump clearly proves that celebrities such as The Rock could run successfully for president. A celebrity’s popularity with the public seems to give them an edge over traditional politicians.
Furthermore, Trump proved that celebrities can reach the public in non-traditional ways. Whether it be via Twitter, Facebook, or other social-media platforms, Trump proved that there is more than one way to get your message to the people.
The Rock is featured on The Hill’s list of 43 people who “might run against trump in 2020,” which features everyone including business people, U.S Senators, and celebrities.
Other notable celebrities and businesspeople featured on the list include Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, and Howard Schultz.
And The Rock is not the only celebrity or business person in recent history who has mentioned (or outright declared) the possibility of running for president.
Kanye West, during a speech at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, declared he wanted to run for President in 2020 when he was awarded the Video Vanguard Award.
And while Tom Hanks has never said he has an interest in running for President, Michael Moore has publicly encouraged the Hollywood megastar that he should.
And Will Smith has been reported to have said that due to the all the divisiveness within the country, he may feel obliged to run for the U.S. presidency.