On face value, the concept of a WWE wrestler-turned Hollywood action star becoming a public servant appears fanciful. But since the 45-year old has taken time out from his heavy promotional schedule for The Fate of the Furious, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Baywatch and his new season of the HBO series Ballers, steps have been taken to ensure a tilt at the ultimate seat of power.
According to The Hill, paperwork has been lodged for a presidential campaign committee going under the heading 'Run the Rock 2020.' The individual who filed for the establishment of the organization is said to be a West Virginian man by the name of Kenton Tilford. Leading many to think that The Rock is genuine about becoming President of the United States.
Dwayne An Inclusive Presence For All Citizens
America, I hear you.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) May 20, 2017
Given the void of leadership at the DNC, Johnson is open to gauging additional support through media appearances. He told GQ back in May that he had carefully thought about his approach to the office without directly attacking Trump.
"Personally, I feel that if I were president, poise would be important. Leadership would be important. Taking responsibility for everybody. (If I didn't agree with someone) on something, 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. It's hard to categorize right now how I think he's doing, other than to tell you how I would operate, what I would like to see."
Rock Reckons The People Have Already Spoken
Adding further gasoline to the fire would be Johnson himself as he discussed the GQ story later on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. What was intended to be a plug for Baywatch quickly divulged into a talk of 2020.
"This story - this profile came out and I would be remise to say if I didn't mention her name - Caity Weaver (who) is a really brilliant writer," he said of the journalist. "The story has blown up because it was so wonderfully written. She is very witty. She's amazing. But in it as we were talking she goes 'would you ever consider running for President?' I said 'yeah of course I would consider it,' and the surge and the groundswell since then has really been amazing. I gotta tell you - I'm so flattered that there's a national poll that just came out this past week - real news channels, a real national poll - that brought together Republicans and Democrats where I would beat Donald Trump if we had an election today to become President."
As the studio audience erupted into rapturous applause, Johnson left the door wide ajar to explore this in the coming years. He even came up with a neat catch phrase.
"I've been blown away. It's so flattering. I think people want to see a better leadership today - more poise, less noise. Over the years I've become somebody a lot of people can relate to. (I) get up early at a ridiculous hour and go to work, spend time with the troops and taking care of my family - I love taking care of people. That kind of thing really resonates with people, especially today... Three and a half years is a long way away, so we'll see."