Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Is Getting Serious About a Presidential Run: 'It's a Real Possibility'

In GQ's June cover story, Johnson opens up about his political aspirations

Photo: Peggy Sirota exclusively for GQ

President (the) Rock?

Dwayne Johnson doubled down on his political aspirations in GQ magazine’s June cover story, saying that “it’s a real possibility” he’ll one day run for president of the United States.

“A year ago, it started coming up more and more,” he said. “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.’ “

Johnson previously told PEOPLE of his interest in the job after being crowned Sexiest Man Alive last fall. “I used to say it jokingly but every time I was asked, it was with a real genuine interest. And it was very earnest,” he told PEOPLE, adding, “There’s a good chance. Yeah, one day. Then we’ll do another interview like this.”

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The 45-year-old actor further explained to GQ that President Trump and Hillary Clinton‘s presidential campaigns asked him for an endorsement last year, but he declined both.

“I feel like I’m in a position now where my word carries a lot of weight and influence, which of course is why they want the endorsement,” he told the magazine. “But 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.”

He continued, “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.”

Asked to offer his opinion on Trump’s tenure so far, Johnson instead pondered how he would approach his own presidency.

Peggy Sirota exclusively for GQ

“Personally, I feel that if I were president, poise would be important,” he explained. “Leadership would be important. Taking responsibility for everybody. [If I didn’t agree with someone] on something, I wouldn’t shut them out. I would actually include them.”

Johnson said he’d “like to see a better leadership,” and said he would try to learn how to “be better” from disagreements with a large group of people, “for example, the media.”

“We all have issues, and we all gotta work our s— out,” he said. “And I feel like one of the qualities of a great leader is not shutting people out. I miss that part. Even if we disagree, we’ve got to figure it out.”

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As for platform, Johnson has no doubts on how he’d approach one issue: Trump’s “Muslim ban.”

“I completely disagree with it,” he said. “I believe in our national security to the core, but I don’t believe in a ‘ban’ that bans immigrants. I believe in inclusion. Our country was built on that, and it continues to be made strong by that.”

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