The Rock Reveals He Is Still Considering Laying The Smackdown As President

If the election of multi billionaire business tycoon and Apprentice host Donald Trump taught us anything, it was that quite literally anything can happen in the circus that is US politics.

With that in mind, it doesn't seem at all beyond the realms of possibility that in 2020 we could have a giant, former pro-wrestler who could break a grown man's leg with nothing but his thumb and forefinger sitting in the White House.

While that may sound like a terrifying concept, it could be a hell of a lot worse, because the giant, former pro-wrestler in question is none other than Hollywood's highest-paid actor and all-round nice guy, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.

The Rock has discussed running for president on several occasions, saying he thought it was "a real possibility", and now, in an interview with InStyle magazine, he revealed that he definitely hasn't ruled it out.

"This whole thing started with a piece in The Washington Post about a year-and-a-half, two years ago," he said.

"And then, when it started to pick up and got to the point where it was just impossible to ignore, I said, 'Of course I would consider a run'.

"So where we're at right now is just quietly observing everything happening on the political landscape, and when the next election comes along ... I will be watching very intently."

Speaking on what he would do to buck people up, Johnson added: "When there are so many polarizing perspectives and anger, what gnaws at my gut is the lack of leadership that wants to bring everybody together and listen.

"I believe in dialogue. Sometimes you've got to get down and dirty and have these tough conversations. And not just within your political parties.

"So, for example, you know the latest issue is our national anthem and individual NFL players who want to kneel - and also the pro basketball players and [Golden State Warrior] Steph Curry refusing his invitation to the White House.

"Steph is a very good buddy of mine. I know him and his family. And at the time when he declined the offer, I felt like it was our president's perfect opportunity to say, 'Now you must come to the White House and sit down with me, and I must hear you and understand you'."

However, despite his obvious interest in politics, Hollywood's leading man has previously declined to lay his own views bare.

Speaking to GQ in May, Johnson said: "I also have a tremendous amount of respect for the process and felt like if I did share my political views publicly, a few things would happen.

"And these are all conversations I have with myself, in the gym at four o'clock in the morning. I felt like 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."

So, who knows, maybe we could have a massive brick shithouse running one of the world's most powerful nations in a few years' time. Well, as long as Kanye doesn't beat him to it.

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Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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