No, a photo of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson wearing anti-Trump shirt isn’t real

A viral image that appears to show Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in an anti-Trump shirt is a manipulated image from the film “San Andreas.”

On June 12, Ken Olin, an actor with more than 270,000 Twitter followers, posted a photo that claimed to show fellow actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in a political shirt.

The t-shirt read “Keep America Trumpless,” referring to former President Donald Trump.

The photo had more than 8,700 retweets and 93,000 likes as of June 15.

THE QUESTION

Is the photo of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wearing an anti-Trump shirt real?

THE SOURCES

THE ANSWER

That's wrong.

No, the photo has been manipulated. The anti-Trump shirt was edited into a promotional image of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson from the 2015 film “San Andreas.”

WHAT WE FOUND

Using TinEye, a reverse image search tool, VERIFY traced back the original photo when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, a wrestler-turned-actor, starred in the 2015 film “San Andreas.”

The photo was posted on the Warner Brothers studio’s promotional website for the film ahead of its theatrical release in May 2015.

If you compare the edited image to the commercial image, you can see that the building in the background is the same, except that the edited version is a little lighter. Johnson’s facial expression and posture are exactly the same in the manipulated and original images; The only difference is the color and design of the t-shirt.

His shirt in the film’s promotional image reads “Los Angeles Police Department” and he is seen walking around an airfield wearing a helicopter helmet.

This particular meme featuring Johnson in a Keep America Trumpless shirt has been circulating online for months. For example, the meme was posted on Twitter in December 2021. This isn’t the first meme to emerge from Johnson’s pose from “San Andreas” either; Here is an example posted on Pinterest.

A Johnson spokesman had not responded to VERIFY’s request at the time of publication.

Johnson has entered politics in recent years.

Before the 2020 presidential election, Johnson endorsed Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

In 2021, a poll released by Newsweek found that 46% of Americans would like him to run for president in the 2024 election.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Johnson said he hadn’t ruled out the possibility of running for president.

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