Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is getting serious about running to become the future U.S. President.
The wrestler-turned-actor, who is also a producer and businessman managing his production company Seven Bucks, has several film projects on the go right now, but after his movie schedule wraps up in a few years, he admits he might turn to politics.
Johnson has dabbled with the idea in the past, but now it seems he's beyond joking.
“Realistically, as we go into 2018, when you look at my slate as we’re developing and shooting into 2019 and 2020, the slate goes deep into 2021, so it feels like the realistic consideration would be 2024," he tells Variety of his thoughts about running to become America's commander in chief.
Dwayne become a popular presidential dream candidate in the realm of public opinion after a column in U.S. newspaper The Washington Post was published in June, 2016, claiming the star "could actually win" an election for the top office in the country.
Fans on social media agreed with the assessment by creating a whole online movement in support of The Fate of the Furious star running for president, and the 45-year-old admits this outpouring of support still serves as his primary drive and motivation for becoming a politician.
“It all started out of the blue,” he shares. “It was never something that I trumpeted and beat my chest and ever said publicly, ‘This is what I’m going to do,’ but as that story picked up, Americans picked it up and there was this sentiment of, ‘We’re not joking, and we would really love the idea if you would run.'"
“In that, I knew I had to listen to the people and really, really think about it,” Dwayne adds. “That’s where I’m at right now - I’m well aware politics is not the business I’m in, so the best thing I can do is continuing to listen and learn as much as I can."
Johnson says he is learning a lot from the current White House administration, led by President Donald Trump, a billionaire and former reality TV star who has been slammed by constituents for divisive politics against minorities and women.
"I’m continuing to watch our presidency and watch how every new development is handled," he explains. "I continue to watch our leaders in government, and, like all Americans, I continue to be hopeful that our leaders exhibit poise, perspective and the ability to bring our country together during these tough times, which I don’t feel our presidency is currently doing."