Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson eyes possible presidential bid
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Actor and former wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson says in a new interview that he is seriously considering a run for president in 2024 after gauging the public reaction to reports about his political ambitions.

In an interview with Variety published Thursday, Johnson says that he would "100% consider" running for president, before going on to say that 2024 would be the year most likely to work with his acting career.

"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 "Fast and Furious" franchise star says.

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Johnson, who was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week, added that public response to an opinion piece in The Washington Post that stated "he could actually win" was a driving factor for his interest in politics.

“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,'” he says.

"In that, I knew I had to listen to the people and really, really think about it,” Johnson adds. “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."

In the interview, the actor takes shots at President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE and his White House, who he says are not exhibiting the "poise, perspective, and ability to bring our country together" that he wants to see in a presidential administration.

"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 adds.

Johnson has attended both Republican and Democratic national conventions in the past, but says he is a registered independent.