For Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, star of this month's R-rated Baywatch reboot, an eventual presidential run is now a "real possibility." In Caity Weaver’s (excellent) new GQ piece "Dwayne Johnson for President," 2016's highest-paid actor on the planet revealed he had given the move more thought after noticing "a real sense of earnestness" in people's questions. "I didn't want to be flippant," Johnson told GQ.


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Elsewhere in the interview, Johnson revealed he was approached by both the Clinton and Trump teams for a potential endorsement during the 2016 election, but declined. Johnson also expressed complete disagreement with Trump's attempts at a Muslim ban. "I believe in inclusion," Johnson, who's now registered as an independent, said.


In the months leading up to last year's bullshit-laden presidential election, Johnson's name was mentioned in a political capacity multiple times, inspiring a full year's worth of presidential teases. Here, we take a look back at Johnson's journey from "maybe" to "a real possibility."

March 2016 - Johnson highlights an article about why he should run for POTUS.

On Twitter, Johnson highlighted what he called a "cool piece" on why he should run for POTUS. "Maybe one day," he said, noting that he would require a parking spot for his truck.

June 2016 - Johnson says he's not sure about entering politics, but it would be an opportunity to make "a real impact."

In a cover interview for British GQ, Johnson said he hadn't ruled out a future in politics. "I'm not being coy when I say that, but at the moment I am not sure," he said at the time, adding that the thought of being governor or president "is alluring." Such a position, Johnson said, could provide "an opportunity to make a real impact on people's lives" around the world. "But there are a lot of other things I want to do first," he said.

June 2016 - Johnson thanks the Washington Post for its piece theorizing that he could "actually win" a presidential election.

Johnson shared some commentary on Alyssa Rosenberg's Post piece, praising the "interesting" article's attention to detail. "I care deeply about our country," Johnson said on Instagram. Though he again noted the appeal of making positive impact on a global level, Johnson made no claims of a political career being imminent. "The most important thing right now is strong, honest leadership from our current and future leaders of this country," he said.

November 2016 - Johnson says he wouldn't rule out a POTUS run, as the 2016 election showed that "anything can happen."

Speaking with Vanity Fair at a Moana press conference in Los Angeles shortly after the fuckery of the 2016 election, Johnson again said he wouldn't rule out an eventual POTUS run. "It would be a great opportunity to help people, so it's possible," he said. "This past election shows that anything can happen."

February 2017 - Johnson speaks his mind after Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank calls Trump a "real asset" to the U.S.

This one doesn't technically count as a "presidential tease," but Johnson's statement in response to Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank's ill-received pro-Trump comments did manage to slam Plank's remarks while also reaffirming Johnson's loyalty to the rest of the UA team. "[Plank's] words were divisive and lacking in perspective," Johnson wrote on Instagram. "Inadvertently creating a situation where the personal political opinions of UA's partners and its employees were overshadowed by the comments of its CEO."


I appreciate and welcome the feedback from people who disagree (and agree) with Kevin Plank's words on CNBC, but these are neither my words, nor my beliefs. His words were divisive and lacking in perspective. Inadvertently creating a situation where the personal political opinions of UA’s partners and its employees were overshadowed by the comments of its CEO. A good company is not solely defined by its CEO. A good company is not defined by the athlete or celebrity who partners with them. A good company is not a single person. A good company is a team, a group of brothers and sisters committed to working together each and every day to provide for their families and one another and the clients they serve. We don’t partner with a brand casually. I partner with brands I trust and with people who share my same values. That means a commitment to diversity, inclusion, community, open-mindedness and some serious hard work. But it doesn't mean that I or my team will always agree with the opinion of everyone who works there, including its executives. Great leaders inspire and galvanize the masses during turbulent times, they don't cause people to divide and disband. My responsibility here is not only to the global audience we serve, but also to the thousands of workers who pour blood, sweat, and tears into making Under Armour strong. A diverse group of hardworking men and women who possess integrity, respect and compassion for one another and the world they live in. Debate is healthy. But in a time of widespread disagreement, so is loyalty. I feel an obligation to stand with this diverse team, the American and global workers, who are the beating heart and soul of Under Armour and the reason I chose to partner with them. My commitment is as real as my sweat and callouses that thicken daily. #CommittedToThePeople

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May 2017 - Just read this entire article.