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Dwayne Johnson: Trump proves to many that 'not everybody should run for president'

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson says President Trump has proven that while virtually anyone can, "not everybody should run for president."

"What I'm sensing now is that we have to pivot back to people who have a deep-rooted knowledge of American history and politics and experience in policy and how laws get made. I think that pivot has to happen," the "Rampage" star tells Rolling Stone in an interview published this week.

"I think in a lot of people's minds, what Trump has proved is that anybody can run for president," says the WWE wrestler-turned-box office star, who's flirted over the years with his own political bid. "And in a lot of people's minds, what he's also proved is that not everybody should run for president."

Last year, a campaign committee dubbed "Run the Rock 2020" formally filed with the Federal Election Commission in an effort to draft Johnson. In an interview last year with GQ, he said there was a "real possibility" he could make a White House run. 

In his sit-down with Rolling Stone, Johnson called the buzz surrounding a potential leap from Hollywood to politics "flattering."

"I think it's also a function of being very unsatisfied with our current president," Johnson, a registered Independent, said of the "excitement" from the public.  

"But this is a skill set that requires years and years of experience. On a local level, on a state level and then on a national level," Johnson, 45, said. "I have the utmost respect for our country and that position, and I'm not 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."

Johnson says he didn't cast a ballot in the 2016 presidential election: "At the time, I just felt like it was either vote for the [candidate] I thought would make a better president than the other, even though I would rather have someone else, or not vote at all."

"I wrestled back and forth with it. We were on the set of 'Jumanji' in Hawaii, and it really was like calling on the gods. Give me the answer. Ultimately, it was [to not vote]," he said.

But, he says, "The next elections, in 2020, I think I'll be a little bit more vocal in who I support."

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