Johnson has accomplished anything he may want to do in the world of professional wrestling and as we reported, was just recently awarded his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this month.
This begs the question… what does he do now?
Back in May of this year, Johnson briefly mentioned a possible presidential run to GQ Magazine during an interview.
Johnson mentioned that he believes there is a real possibility as he has given a lot of thought to it since last year. There has been a consistent buzz about this potential decision. He had said:
“A year ago it started coming up more and more. 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.’ I didn’t want to be flippant—’We’ll have three days off for a weekend! No taxes!'”
Variety has now published their latest article featuring Johnson, where he discusses in much more depth what a potential presidential run may look like.
As Johnson has a heavy movie schedule that has him busy at least until 2021 and is too busy fulfilling the various roles he is provided, he feels he cannot begin a presidential run until at least after that period in time.
“I couldn’t do both. 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.”
The topic of conversation turned to a June 2016 Washington Post column that listed Johnson as having a chance of winning if he did so choose to enter the race.
“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. In that, I knew I had to listen to the people and really, really think about it. 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. I’m continuing to watch our presidency and watch how every new development is handled. I continue to watch our leaders in government, and like all Americans, I continue to be hopeful that our leaders exhibit poise, perspective and the ability to bring our country together during these tough times — which I don’t feel our presidency is currently doing — so that’s where I’m at.”
Johnson has attended both Republican and Democratic conventions but is registered as an Independent.
“I care deeply about our country, and I care deeply about our people – especially now. Decency matters and being a decent human being matters, and character matters, and leadership matters.”
In promotion of the upcoming Jumanji movie, Johnson and co-star Kevin Hart appeared on Ellen where Johnson spoke about whether or not he would run for president. You can hear his comments below.
Would you vote for Johnson? Which other professional wrestlers do you believe could theoretically make good politicians or potentially even a president?
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