The Rock running for office?

Feb 9, 2012 at 9:21 a.m. ET

Smell what The Rock is cooking up these days? Wrestling ace-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson has stated publicly that he is looking to enter the political arena.

The People's Champ, the People's President?

Hey, it could happen.

After getting his start in the wacky land of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), former professional bruiser Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson fancies himself more of an actor these days. But another major career change could be closer than you think.

Rocky hopes to one day put an end to government gridlock with a headlock or two. The grappler-turned-thespian has definite plans to enter politics someday.

And get this: His ambitions could reach all the way to the White House.

"Right now, the best way that I can impact the world is through entertainment. One day, and that day will come, I can impact the world through politics," Johnson revealed (with a straight face) in an interview with Moviefone this week.

"The great news is that I am American, therefore I can become President."

A far-fetched notion? Think again!

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Johnson would follow a path set by fellow former pro wrestler Jesse Ventura, who was elected governor of Minnesota in the late 1990s. And of course, there was that other actor who spent much of the 1980s occupying the Oval Office.

The Fast & Furious star isn't the only screen star to consider swapping the red carpet for a career in the political arena. Alec Baldwin, the Emmy-winning, Words with Friends-playing star of 30 Rock, has been a longtime favorite for the office of New York City mayor.

The Rock got some practice performing presidential duties when he played President Barack Obama in a sketch forSaturday Night Live.

Rocky's latest film, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, opens Friday.

What do you think about a guy who ran around in spandex and oil running our country?

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