Dwayne Johnson did not reveal in an interview with GQ if he would ever run for president or seek political office, but ex-wrestler turned movie box office king gave a few hints about where he stands on certain issues.
Johnson is the cover story of GQ magazine as he promotes his new movie "Baywatch," scheduled to hit theaters May 25. He skirted around the question about how he thought President Donald Trump was doing, but talked about what he would do if he was president.
"With any job you come into, you've got to prove yourself," Johnson said when asked about Trump. "Personally, I feel that if I were president, poise would be important. 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. The first thing we'd do is we'd come and sit down and we'd talk about it. It's hard to categorize right now how I think he's doing, other than to tell you how I would operate, what I would like to see," Johnson told GQ.
Johnson has been receiving plenty of votes from movie-goers, at least, at the box office lately with Forbes listing him as the world's highest paid actor in 2016 at $64.5 million. His current movie "The Fate of the Furious," with Vin Diesel has garnered $1.16 billion in worldwide receipts this year.
GQ pointed out that while Johnson spoke at the Republican Party convention in 2000, he also appeared at the Democratic Party convention the same year urging people to vote.
Johnson told GQ he would want to bring people together.
"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," Johnson told GQ.
"We all have issues, and we all gotta work our s— out. 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. Because otherwise I feel, as an American, all I hear and all I see in the example you're setting is 'Now I'm shutting you out. And you can't come.' [Disagreement] informs us. The responsibility as president — I [would] take responsibility for everyone."
Johnson told the magazine he disagreed with the Trump administration's attempt at instituting a temporary immigration ban and considered himself a feminist after being raised by "strong women." He said he would be a strong advocate of the mentally ill, addressing his own experience with depression.
"If [becoming the president] is something he focused on, he probably would accomplish it," Ron Meyer, NBCUniversal's vice chairman told GQ. "I think there's nothing that he couldn't do."
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