Dwayne Johnson Covers the June 2017 Issue of GQ and Talks Politics

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his handsome mug cover the Comedy issue of GQ.

Johnson takes over Venice, California for the fun photo shoot. In the accompanying interview, Johnson talks politics.

Asked if he would consider running for president, the actor reveals, “I think that it’s a real possibility. A year ago, it started coming up more and more.” The Rock continues, “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.'”

Dwayne Johnson Covers the June 2017 Issue of GQ
CREDIT: Peggy Sirota/GQ
Dwayne Johnson Covers the June 2017 Issue of GQ
CREDIT: Peggy Sirota/GQ

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.”

Dwayne Johnson Covers the June 2017 Issue of GQ
CREDIT: Peggy Sirota/GQ
Dwayne Johnson Covers the June 2017 Issue of GQ
CREDIT: Peggy Sirota/GQ

As for his opinion on how Donald Trump is doing so far, Johnson pretty much avoided the question and talked about how he would approach his own presidency.

“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 shit 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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