Dwayne Johnson is doing his homework with “Republicans, Democrats, independents, mayors” and others for the possibility of shifting professional gears from Hollywood icon to politician.
The star of “Jumanji” and the HBO series “Ballers” has taken repeated calls for him to consider a White House run seriously enough to begin “under-the-radar” talks with political experts. The actor, who opted not to vote in 2016 after doing so in 2008 and 2012 for former president Obama, says fans will get a better feel for his political identity soon.
“[I’m] just soaking in and listening,” he told Rolling Stone magazine for an interview published Wednesday. “Trying to learn as much as I possibly can. I entertain the thought, and thank you, I’m so flattered by it. But I feel like the best thing I can do now is, give me years. Let me go to work and learn.”
“The Rock” prefaced his comments in the wide-ranging interview by saying he isn’t “delusioned in any way to think, ‘Oh, absolutely, if Trump can do it, I can do it, and I’ll see you in 20—whatever, get ready.’ Not at all.”