Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, star of the upcoming Baywatch film has been quite famous for his wrestling career and film work. Ever since he kept his work in wrestling part-time, the celebrity has exploded onto the silver screen with roles in film franchises such as The Mummy and The Fast and the Furious. This May, he is looking to create a whole new franchise for himself with Baywatch. He also has a forthcoming role as Black Adam in the new DC Comics superhero films. As of late, the actor has been talking about whether or not a presidential run could be in his future.
Johnson may not have considered running for president until famed businessman and a celebrity in his own right, Donald J. Trump, won the 2016 presidential election last November. It shocked many, and other people such as Johnson have spoken out about potentially running. “I feel like I’m in a position where my word carries a lot of weight and influence, which of course is why they want the endorsement,” Johnson said. “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—and these are all conversations I have with myself, in the gym at four o’clock in the morning,” Johnson told People Magazine if he could be the first Sexiest Man Alive to win the presidency.
“I would say yes,” Johnson said. “In five years I’m aiming for a repeat [of Sexiest Man Alive].” Johnson is not the only celebrity who has spoken about running. Kanye West is someone who may have ended up in drug rehab centers in California and chose to run for president. However, his drug use has never been confirmed one hundred percent. “And yes, as you probably could’ve guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president,” West said at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. Not all celebrities end up in drug rehab centers in California. Some run for political office and save the day, as they do in most movies.
West said he does not really have a political viewpoint, but merely a view on humanity. He directly attributes his reasoning to run because of Trump, but has since retracted his social media statements about his support of the president. “Rappers are philosophers of our now, celebrities are the influencers of our now, just look at the president,” West said. “[Trump] wasn’t in politics and won.” Both men have been in the public eye forever. Can they handle the political world instead of the film industry? We will have to wait some years yet to see how it all unfolds.
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