Entertainment Celebrity The Rock calls 2020 presidential campaign ‘a real possibility’
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The Rock calls 2020 presidential campaign ‘a real possibility’

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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson thinks good leaders have "poise" and are willing to listen to their critics. Photo: Getty
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Not content with dominating Hollywood and the professional wrestling circuit, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has set his sights on the White House.

In an interview in the June issue of GQ magazine, the wrestler-turned-actor revealed a run for office in 2020 is “a real possibility”.

According to Johnson, the idea first occurred to him when The Washington Post ran an op-ed in June last year listing the reasons he’d make a viable presidential candidate.

“[I]t started coming up more and more,” he told GQ. “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.’”

Asked formally if he’d consider a run for office, the 45-year-old replied: “I think that it’s a real possibility.”

However, the father of two was hesitant to reveal his political views.

He has registered as a Republican in the past and also appeared at the 2000 Republican National Convention, but turned down invitations to endorse both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during the November 2016 election.

Video: The Rock at the Republican National Convention

“[I]f I did share my political views publicly, a few things would happen … it would either (a) make people unhappy with the thought of whatever my political view was. And, also, it might sway an opinion, which I didn’t want to do,” he said.

The highest paid actor in Hollywood, who earned $US64.5 million ($A87.8) last financial year, said a good leader should have “poise” and be willing to “take 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,” he promised.

As for President Trump, Johnson remained diplomatic when appraising his first 100 days in office.

“It’s hard to categorise right now how I think he’s doing, other than to tell you how I would operate, what I would like to see,” he said.

However, he slammed the Trump administration’s controversial attempt to ban  Muslim immigration from a select number of countries known as homes to terrorism, saying while he believed in national security, he also believed in “inclusion”.

“Our country was built on that, and it continues to be made strong by that,” he said.

Johnson also said as president he would work with the media, not against it.

“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,” he said.

“I feel like one of the qualities of a great leader is not shutting people out.”

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