Can you smell what the White House is cooking? First of all, it seemed like a joke. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson running for office? Now a survey hosted by Pipslay polled over 30,100 people. 46% of them would support Johnson’s hypothetical presidential bid, and a further 58% would back him entering politics in any other way.
Now the Rock himself has responded. Sharing the Newsweek’s write-up of the story, the Hobbs & Shaw and Jumanji star added the following in his caption:
“Humbling… I don’t think our Founding Fathers EVER envisioned a six-four, bald, tattooed, half-Black, half-Samoan, tequila drinking, pick up truck driving, fanny pack wearing guy joining their club – but if it ever happens it’d be my honor to serve you, the people… us.”
Last year he did dip a toe in politics, giving a speech that was praised and widely shared on social media.
Next up for him is Black Adam, and he has posted pictures confirming his training regime has started. Before that is released he will be in Red Notice with Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds over on Netflix.
It’s not completely beyond the bounds of possibility. Ex-wrestler and actor Jesse Ventura went on to be Mayor of Brooklyn park and eventually Governor Of Minnesota. Clint Eastwood won election as the nonpartisan mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California in April 1986, and in 2001 Governor Gray Davis appointed the Oscar-winner to the California State Park and Recreation Commission.
Ronal Reagan was, of course, an actor before his political career and he went on to become one of the most successful presidents in US history, depending on your political point of view. Donald Trump’s reality TV career came directly before his presidency.
They do say America has celebrities because it doesn’t have royalty and that politics is show business for ugly people. Stranger things have happened.