The movie star who already holds the title of world’s highest-paid actor says a presidential run may be in his future. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson said there’s a “real possibility” he will run.
“Johnson, a wrestler-turned actor known best for his performances in ‘The Fast and the Furious’ franchise, declared his political ambitions in an interview with GQ in which he also criticized President Donald Trump, who made the transition from showbiz to the White House after hosting reality show ‘The Apprentice,'” Newsweek reports.
Johnson noted that the suggestion of a presidential bid originated in a Washington Post article making the case that a run by Johnson would be viable.
“A year ago it started coming up more and more,” Johnson said. “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.’”
The report notes that Johnson is talking about building his campaign on a message of inclusion.
Johnson said in the GQ interview that if he didn’t agree with someone, “I wouldn’t shut them out. I would actually include them. The first thing we’d do is we’d come and sit down and we’d talk about it. 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.”
Newsweek notes: “Johnson declines to express support for either Republican or Democrat parties, and says both the Clinton and Trump camps reached out to him for endorsement, which he did not give.”
The report notes that Johnson is the world’s highest-paid actor, receiving $64.5 million for his work last year. In addition to feature films, he has also starred in the HBO series “Ballers.”