With Baywatch set to hit theaters on May 25, The Rock was interviewed by GQ. While the entire piece is very entertaining and I highly recommend reading it in full, there’s one particular detail that has people absolutely giddy. When Caity Weaver brought up The Rock potentially running for President of the United States, The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment sounded like he’s actually considering it.
Last June, when The Washington Post published an op-ed suggesting he could be a viable candidate, Johnson posted a screen grab and gave the idea a boost. On Instagram, he called the Post piece “interesting” and “fun to read,” adding that “the most important thing right now is strong honest leadership from our current and future leaders of this country.”
Since then, Johnson tells me, he’s given the question more thought. “A year ago,” he says, “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.
F*ck yes! There’s been talk of The Rock running for president for a long time now, but I always assumed that it was just a joke. But I guess now that we have that orange, egotistical slapdick in office, why the hell can’t The Rock be president? Much stranger things have happened in politics, and God knows, The Rock has more than enough charisma, money, and fans to be a force to be reckoned with.
If The Rock really does run for president, he most definitely has my vote. I can already picture him showing Vladimir Putin who’s boss.
The Rock: Hey Putin, what do you think about Syria?
Putin: Well, I think that…
The Rock: IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOUR CANDY ASS THINKS ABOUT SYRIA!!!