Could we be set for a Donald Trump vs. Dwayne Johnson political contest in 2020? Perhaps not, but the idea of The Rock turning his hand from the film and television domain to a service of public life in the near future is not beyond the realm of possibility.
While he was out on production for the HBO series Ballers, the former WWE superstar told GQ that the idea of turning his hand to politics is not something he takes as a joke anymore. The Fate of the Furious star had his say on the matter.
President Rock a "Real Possibility"
As the Republican ticket continues to bring forward their celebrity names on the ticket, from Ronald Reagan to Arnold Schwarzenegger, perhaps the Democrats could do likewise? For Johnson, the topic has never gone away.
"A year ago, it started coming up more and more," he reflected. "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.' I didn't want to be flippant, 'We'll have three days off for a weekend! No taxes!' I think that it's a real possibility."
Refusing to endorse either the Trump or Clinton campaigns, he said that the very notion they were after his approval gave him food for thought.
“I feel like I'm in a position now where my word carries a lot of weight and influence, which of course is why they want the endorsement. But I also have a tremendous amount of respect for the process and felt like if I did share my political views publicly, a few things would happen—and these are all conversations I have with myself, in the gym at four o'clock in the morning—I felt like it would either (a) make people unhappy with the thought of whatever my political view was. And, also, it might sway an opinion, which I didn't want to do.”
Yes Dwayne Can - Rock Asks Himself the Tough Questions
Jumping into the world of politics is not for the faint of heart and Johnson intimated that a big call could be on the horizon.
"I used to say it jokingly but every time I was asked, it was with a real genuine interest. And it was very earnest. And so I started to really think. Could I make a difference? Could I surround myself with really brilliant people to help me make decisions? Do I care about this country? And when the answers continued to come up yes, then I thought, there's a good chance. Yeah, one day. Then we'll do another interview like this."