Hillary, Trump Both Hoped The Rock Was Cooking Up An Endorsement

Ford Springer | Contributor

Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump wanted Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s endorsement in the presidential election, but “The Fate of the Furious” star wouldn’t give it to either candidate.

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In an interview for the June issue for GQ magazine, “The Rock” claimed that both presidential campaigns reached out to the movie star’s support, but he refused to offer it to both of them.

“I feel like I’m in a position now where my word carries a lot of weight and influence, which is of course why they want the endorsement,” Johnson told GQ.

“I feel like it would either make people unhappy with the thought of whatever my political view was. And it also might sway an opinion, which I didn’t want to do,” the 45-year-old actor added.

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This is an unusual tact for a Hollywood star to take — especially one as prominent as Johnson, who happens to be the highest paid actor on the planet. Many movie stars and music icons are quick to make their political views known and force them on their fan base, but “The Rock” didn’t.

Perhaps that’s because he’s considered getting into politics himself and some people have already expressed their support for him to run for president.

“A year ago, it started coming up more and more,” he said. “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.'”

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(Photo credit: Getty Images)

“I think that it’s a real possibility,” he added.

Although the “Baywatch” star didn’t speak about the current president too much, he did say he believes he could do a better job in some instances.

“I’d like to see a better leadership. I’d like to see a greater leadership. When there’s a disagreement, and you have a large group of people that you’re in a disagreement with–for example, the media–I feel like it informs me that I could be better,” Johnson said.

“We all have issues, and we all gotta work our shit out. And I feel like on of the qualities of a great leader is not shutting people out. I miss that part. Even if we disagree, we’ve got to figure it out.”

Ford Springer

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