That was about the death of Osama bin Laden. And it was posted on May 1—before Barack Obama announced it. Johnson has yet to reveal how he got the jump on the news, but told GQ the post was meant to be timed to Obama’s announcement.
Johnson, who is black and Samoan, is also a multicultural megastar whose ambiguous ethnic blend allows nearly everyone to see something of themselves in him, even if he is 6.5 feet tall and about as wide. As GQ’s Caity Weaver wrote:
This uncommon ethnic background means that, in the right light, he can read as Pacific Islander, Latino, Middle Eastern, Native American, Southeast Asian, undead Scorpion King from an ancient civilization, black, white, or any combo thereof. (Johnson says white people often guess he is “…Greek?”) In other words, pretty much anyone can find themselves, or a slightly tanner or paler version of themselves, in Dwayne Johnson if they look hard enough; appearance-wise, he has a hometown advantage everywhere on earth.
Lastly, part of the reason Johnson is so beloved is that he embraces his wrestling roots. He dons the mantle of The Rock proudly, even though he spends more time on film sets now than he does in the ring. And he still appears on programs like the WWE’s Monday Night Raw and headlined Westlemania back to back in 2012 and 2013—a full 11 years after he first started acting.
“If I want to be called ‘The Rock,’ I’ll be called ‘The Rock.’ If I want to go back to wrestling, I’ll go back to wrestling,” he says. “It’s all the same guy.”
With the money he’s making, he can afford to be whoever he wants. Including a potential presidential candidate. Which, who knows, might prompt Kanye West to bring his presidential run back to 2020.