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‘I Had to Listen to the People’ - The Rock Considers Presidential Run


As reported by Variety, movie star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is considering running for President of the United States.

Talk of Johnson as a candidate began earlier this year, with pieces in the media claiming that the former wrestler could actually win. 

Johnson responded favorably to the articles, and now tells Variety he would “100% consider” running for office: “It was never something that I trumpeted and beat my chest and ever said publicly, ‘This is what I’m going to do,’ but as that story picked up, Americans picked it up and there was this sentiment of, ‘We’re not joking, and we would really love the idea if you would run,’ In that, I knew I had to listen to the people and really, really think about it.”

He went on: “That’s where I’m at right now — I’m well aware politics is not the business I’m in, so the best thing I can do is continuing to listen and learn as much as I can. I’m continuing to watch our presidency and watch how every new development is handled. I continue to watch our leaders in government, and like all Americans, I continue to be hopeful that our leaders exhibit poise, perspective and the ability to bring our country together during these tough times — which I don’t feel our presidency is currently doing — so that’s where I’m at.”

Johnson says he is currently a registered Independent. “I care deeply about our country, and I care deeply about our people – especially now,” he says. “Decency matters and being a decent human being matters, and character matters, and leadership matters.”

The Rock, whose new movie is “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” has movie projects lined up through the next presidential election. “Realistically, as we go into 2018, when you look at my slate as we’re developing and shooting into 2019 and 2020, the slate goes deep into 2021,” he said, “so it feels like the realistic consideration would be 2024.”

He concluded: “I think this is just a product of my DNA, in that when there’s an issue, that’s the time we have to come together, work hard to understand each other and ultimately get to a better place. For example, when it’s a polarizing issue like our NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem, that’s not a time to be divisive and shut them out of the White House. It’s the time to actually open the doors and bring those players in so our President and staff can understand exactly what the needs are — face to face, so change and positive progress can happen — but that’s not happening right now.”


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