It seems like Dwayne Johnson conquers everything he takes on. Growing up poor in Hawaii, Johnson’s hard work and determination led him first to a football scholarship and later to becoming one of the most successful and popular professional wrestlers in the history of the WWE.
His transition from The Rock to a Hollywood actor seemed like a gimmick, but Johnson fought his way to the top once again, last year earning the titles of People’s Sexiest Man and the highest paid actor in Hollywood. So yeah, we smell what The Rock is cooking. It has the distinct aroma of success.
Throughout Johnson’s career, his commitment to charity work has remained consistent. He’s been part of campaigns encouraging young people to vote, as well as devoting much of his time to visiting and raising money for sick children. In Johnson’s new documentary for HBO, A Rock and a Hard Place, the actor visits a Miami-Dade Correctional facility to shine a light on a boot camp program that aims to rehabilitate young offenders, instead of incarcerating them for extended periods of time. A self-described feminist, Johnson is currently registered as an Independent voter. As someone who has lived both in extreme poverty and extreme wealth, the actor has a perspective that enables him to relate to many groups of people.
So, it seems like Johnson may have both the popularity and the social consciousness to be President, right?
In his new cover story with GQ Magazine, the star of the upcoming Baywatch and Jumanji remakes talked about his political future and whether he would ever run for President of the United States.
“I think that it’s a real possibility,” Johnson told the mag. “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.'”
Discussing President Trump’s immigration ban, Johnson made his stance clear. “I completely disagree with it. I believe in our national security to the core, but I don’t believe in a ‘ban’ that bans immigrants,” said Johnson. “I believe in inclusion. Our country was built on that, and it continues to be made strong by that.”
As far as Trump’s scorecard as the POTUS so far, Johnson didn’t mince his words.”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.”
A few years ago it may have seemed impossible that a former WWE wrestler could one day become President, but that was before the Terminator became the Governor of California and the host of The Apprentice became the POTUS.
The Rock 2020.