The Rock for president? Dwayne Johnson, the football player turned wrestling icon turned movie star, is now turning toward politics and could be eyeing a presidential run in 2020.
Speculation over Johnson's political aspirations began in June 2016, shortly after President Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination. In light of Trump's success, it seemed plausible that another celebrity with no political experience would be able to launch a winning presidential campaign.
After Johnson made comments about the allure of entering politics, The Washington Post published an article detailing the surprising advantages he would have during a campaign.
Johnson considers Florida home -- he played football for the University of Miami -- giving him an advantage in the crucial swing state. He's a widely liked Hollywood celebrity with massive name recognition. And he's a registered Republican who would do wonders for the party's efforts to attract nonwhite voters, according to The Post.
The article drew Johnson's attention and he posted an excerpt on his Instagram account.
"Interesting piece from The Washington Post on if I ran for POTUS I could actually win," Johnson wrote on Instagram. "Writer Alyssa Rosenberg did some pretty good research into my background (slave descendants fighting for their freedom, Revolutionary War etc). Much more to uncover but well done. More and more pieces like this are popping up due to the Presidential election and they're cool/fun to read...I care DEEPLY about our country...and the idea of one day becoming President to create real positive impact and global change is very alluring."
That was Johnson's last word on the topic until May 2017 when he was profiled in GQ.
"I think that it's a real possibility," he told GQ in response to a question about a potential campaign.
In the same interview, Johnson said he's now a registered independent and struck a "diplomatic" tone when asked about Trump's job performance and what he would like to see if he were president.
"I'd like to see a better leadership," he said. "I'd like to see a greater leadership. When there's a disagreement, and you have a large group of people that you're in a disagreement with -- for example, the media -- I feel like it informs me that I could be better. We all have issues, and we all gotta work our s**t out. I miss that part. Even if we disagree, we've got to figure it out."
During a December interview with USA Today, Johnson said he would want to be president "to serve the people, and create a better environment for them." But he emphasized he is still only considering entering politics.
"So I can tell you with all honesty that the consideration comes at the desire from a large amount of people who would like to see this happen," he said. "But I mean, honestly, there are so many different variables that have to come into play when you think about this. Politics is not my business. So the consideration is there. And we'll just have to see. I'll continue to watch and learn as much as I can."