Back in June, The Washington Post published a piece about how Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson could win if he ran for President of the United States. The Rock let it be known he was flattered and that the thought of being President was “alluring,” but that it was kind of a far-away idea. Well, the allure of laying the smack down in the White House is apparently growing for The Rock.
During an interview with GQ to promote Baywatch, The Rock says he’s given it more thought, and it’s a “real possibility.” Just think, America – one day, it won’t be as embarrassing that your President’s resume includes an appearance on WrestleMania.
“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.’ I didn’t want to be flippant – ‘We’ll have three days off for a weekend! No taxes!’
So, after all that consideration, Johnson doesn’t hesitate when I ask him whether he honestly might one day give up his life as the highest-paid movie star on earth—which is unquestionably easier, more fun, and more lucrative than being president of the United States – in order to run for office. “I think that it’s a real possibility,” he says solemnly.
Later, The Rock was asked how he thinks the current President is doing. His answer was very candidate-about-to-kiss-a-baby.
“Mmm…With any job you come into, you’ve got to prove yourself. And…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.
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 shit out. And I feel like one of the qualities of a great leader is not shutting people out.”
In my mind, The Rock then grabbed a microphone, raised his right eyebrow, and grunted: “The Rock wants to bring people together. And those roody-poo candy ass jabronis who don’t want to be brung together by The Rock can sit their ass down, open their nostrils, and smelllllllllllllll what The Rock is cooking.”
GQ asked a few Hollywood people, like NBCUniversal vice chair Ron Meyer and producer Beau Flynn, if they would vote for The Rock, and they enthusiastically said yes. Flynn claims The Rock would be a great President because “He loves the world.” America, do your friends to the north a favor and elect this man! We just got the Naked Chicken Chalupa. If The Rock loves the world, then I’m sure he’d be willing to show it by exporting your delicious food stuffs up to Canada faster.
Pic: Peggy Sirota/GQ