Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has once again addressed calls for him to run for US president – revealing he was approached “out of the blue” by political parties.
One of Hollywood’s most recognisable and well-paid actors, Johnson has previously said he would seriously consider running for the White House after a poll suggested 46% of Americans would support his campaign.
He previously revealed he was interested in the job in interviews in 2021 and in 2017.
Johnson visited Capitol Hill on Wednesday to address military recruitment issues. He met senators and US Capitol Police.
The US Capitol Police tweeted: “We talked to a potential new recruit today… and we think he will pass the fitness test.”
Earlier this week, Johnson told Trevor Noah’s Spotify podcast What Now? the poll had led to “the parties” contacting him to ask if he was interested in running at the end of 2022.
“That was an interesting poll that happened and I was really moved by that,” he said.
“I was really blown away and I was really honoured. I’ll share this little bit with you – at the end of the year in 2022, I got a visit from the parties asking me if I was going to run, and if I could run.”
Johnson also appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, saying: “It’s crazy, it’s wild. This run for president talk has been in the ether for the past couple of years and it never stops being surreal.”
He added that “down the road for sure” he would consider running for president but at the moment he is a “proud girl dad” – with the youngest of his three children aged five.
Johnson said he already knows what it is like “to have an occupation that takes me away from being a daddy” which is currently the “most important thing to me”.
The star endorsed Joe Biden with a video interview in September 2020, and said at the time he was a “political independent and centrist” who had voted for both the Democrats and the Republicans in the past.
During a visit to the UK in 2021, he was asked by Sky News what he thought of a run for UK prime minister instead.
Are you ready for another Johnson prime minister?” he said, a reference to the UK’s leader at the time. “Maybe Rock prime minister?”
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