The professional WWE wrestler-turned action movie megastar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson said on Monday that he’d run for US president if there was enough support from Americans. Dwayne Johnson is 48 years of age and is currently the biggest action star in Hollywood. He’s also one of the most popular and recognized actors in the whole world. Although his feeling towards a potential presidential run was made public recently, he’s been flirting with it for years now. On the Today show on Monday, he talked about how he does have a goal to unite America. He went on to say that if that’s what people want, then he will do that. Any word on which party he would represent or when he might run for president is yet to be made. As of now, we only know that he’s serious about the idea.
His statement about the potential presidential run came after the release of an online public opinion poll. The opinion poll results found that about 46% of Americans would consider supporting Johnson were he to run. Following the opinion poll, Dwayne posted the image of the results on his Instagram. Along with the image was a caption where he expressed his surprise and gratitude. In the post, he says that he feels humble and that it’ll be an honor to serve the people. He also mentions how the Founding Father wouldn’t have envisioned a “six-four, bald, tattooed, half-Black, half-Samoan, tequila drinking, pick-up driving, fanny-pack wearing guy” would “join their club.” Dwayne Johnson is the son of the late wrestling star Rocky Johnson, who passed away in January 2020. And like his father, Dwayne went on to become a professional WWE wrestler and became a worldwide wrestling star.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Other Celebrities Who Ran For Political Office
Following his successful career as a WWE wrestler, Dwayne ventured into acting. He climbed the success ladder, and now he’s one of the biggest and most well-paid actors in Hollywood. He has a massive fan following, courtesy of his former career as WWE champion and then as an actor. His public persona and image are that of a humble, well-behaved, and hardworking guy. It is these qualities that have arguably translated into his immensely fruitful career. The megastar has appeared in several popular movies such as Fast and Furious, Jumanji (rebooted), and The Mummy. He is also set to star as DC’s Black Adam in his standalone film. He also stars in a TV show, “Young Rock,” where he takes part in a fictional 2032 presidential run. His announcement has drawn support as well as criticism from the people.
Dwayne joins a long list of American celebrities that have run for presidents and other political offices. The list includes the Terminator star and former pro-bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger, who became the governor of California. Former wrestler Jesse Ventura also ran for governor of Minnesota and won. Then there’s former actor Ronald Reagan who became 40th American president in 1981. Recently, actor Matthew McConaughey is reportedly thinking about running for governor in Texas. Reality TV star and former Olympic champion Caitlyn Jenner is also reportedly weighing her potential run for governor of California. But by far, the biggest example of a celebrity running for political office is former US President Donald Trump. The track record of American celebrities running for office hasn’t been great, with Trump’s presidential tenure receiving the most criticism.
Support and Criticism
Despite celebrities running for political office receiving criticism, they’ve turned out to be successful. Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign was treated as a joke at first, but it eventually led to him becoming the president. And while Dwayne’s public persona is way more positive than Trump’s, his announcement still came with criticism. Dwayne’s enormous fan following can lead to massive support, plus his image helps too. But many have criticized the star’s wish for a potential presidential run, claiming America doesn’t need another celebrity becoming president. Late-night host Stephen Colbert recently addressed Dwayne’s statement in a funny segment. His playful monologue had him jokingly criticize the idea of having another celebrity inside the oval office.
Watch Dwayne talk about a potential presidential run here;