The Rock would "100% consider" a 2024 presidential run

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) — While he’s been coy about it in the past — but never denied it outright — Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has now confirmed that he has his sights on the White House. 

The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star tells Variety he’d “100% consider” a run for president.  However, due to his busy career as one of the highest-paid actors in the world, Johnson says a career change would be a bit further down the road. 

“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 the trade publication.

A 2016 column in the Washington Post first floated the idea of a presidential run for The Rock, noting,  “…And he could actually win.” 

“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,'” Johnson tells Variety

“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, who claims to be a registered independent, tells Variety his loyalty isn’t to a particular party. Rather, as the man who once wielded “The People’s Elbow” as a pro wrestler explains, he’s loyal to his fellow Americans.

“I care deeply about our country, and I care deeply about our people – especially now,” The Rock says. “Decency matters and being a decent human being matters, and character matters, and leadership matters.”

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