Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson considers political career, White House run
The wrestler-turned-actor, 44, said the excitement surrounding last week’s United States presidential election had renewed public interest in him running for office.
“I love my country, I’m extremely patriotic and I also feel, especially now, leadership is so important, great leadership is so important, respected leadership is so important,” Johnson, star of The Fast and the Furious franchise, said.
Asked specifically about a potential White House run, Johnson replied:
“If I felt like I could be an effective leader for us, and surround myself with really high-quality leaders, then sure, I would.”
It is not the first time Johnson’s name has been mentioned in political circles.
Earlier this year, Johnson took to Instagram to thank a Washington Post journalist who said he had a “weirdly plausible path to a political career” as a mixed-race registered Republican from Florida — a swing state in the presidential election.
While Johnson did not specify which office he might seek, when he might run or which party he would represent, he said he thought running a business as a producer in Hollywood had given him a discipline he hoped he could apply to politics.
“I’ve found really good success in being able to galvanise people in a positive way and continued to push them, as I’ve pushed myself along the way too, because I walk what I talk, daily, which I think is an important quality,” he said.
If Johnson does take on politics, he would be following another pro-wrestler, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, who served as governor of Minnesota, and bodybuilder-turned-action star Arnold Schwarzenegger, who served two terms as Republican governor of California.
Johnson still participates in occasional World Wrestling Entertainment matches, alongside producing and starring in HBO’s sports dramedy Ballers and the upcoming Baywatch film reboot.
He will also star as the voice of demigod Maui in upcoming Disney animated film Moana.
He is known for his catchphrase: “Can you smell what The Rock is cooking?”