As part of a lengthy and fascinating profile piece for GQ Magazine, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has revealed that he’s not only open to but has entertained the idea of a run for the Presidency of the United States.
A year ago came the publishing of an essay in The Washington Post in which writer Alyssa Rosenberg explained why Johnson could be a viable candidate. Rather than be flippant, he tells the magazine he seriously considered the idea:
“I think that it’s a real possibility… 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.'”
The 45-year-old action star, whose “Baywatch” film opens May 25th, didn’t endorse either candidate in the 2016 presidential election. In fact last year the actor claimed his likeness and name had been used without permission in a campaign video for Chris Christie which forced Christie’s team to edit all references to The Rock out of the ad.
Reportedly a registered independent, he has avoided talking or playing politics in media or interviews and has turned down requests for endorsements from either side of the isle. One of the few times though is in this interview in which he admits he disapproves of President Donald Trump’s immigration ban:
“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. I believe in inclusion. Our country was built on that, and it continues to be made strong by that. And the decision felt like a snap judgment. I feel like the majority of, if not all, Americans feel that protection is of huge importance.
But the ideology and the execution [of national-security initiatives] is where we really have to be careful of not making those snap decisions, because there’s a tail effect …Within 24 hours, we saw a ‘tail effect’. It grew to heartache, it grew to a great deal of pain, it grew to a great deal of confusion, and it had a lot of people scrambling.
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. 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.”
Certainly Johnson is one of the few public figures with equal cross party appeal, and the full piece can be read on GQ.com