- The Washington Times
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Regular calls for Dwayne Johnson to walk away from Hollywood for a shot at the White House have convinced him to seriously consider the option.

Op-eds from a variety of outlets, from National Review to The Washington Post and entertainment magazines, forced “The Rock” to mull over why so many people want to see him as the commander in chief. The issue came up again on Wednesday when GQ interviewed Hollywood’s highest paid star.

“A year ago it started coming up more and more,” Mr. Johnson told the magazine. “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!’”

Mr. Johnson, who currently stars in the blockbuster “The Fate of the Furious,” was then asked if he would give up the fun that comes from working on movie sets for a chance at the White House.

“I think that it’s a real possibility,” he said.

Mr. Johnson, a registered independent who spoke at the 2000 Republican National Convention, declined to offer much criticism of President Donald Trump when asked about his performance.

“Personally, I feel that if I were president, poise would be important,” Mr. Johnson said. “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 s– out. And I feel like one of the qualities of a great leader is not shutting people out. I miss that part. Even if we disagree, we’ve got to figure it out. Because otherwise I feel, as an American, all I hear and all I see in the example you’re setting is, ‘Now I’m shutting you out. And you can’t come.’”

GQ then contacted NBCUniversal Vice Chairman for his thoughts on “President Johnson,” to which he replied: “If [becoming the president] is something he focused on, he probably would accomplish it. I think there’s nothing that he couldn’t do.”

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