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Will Smith recently told The Hollywood Reporter‘s Scott Feinberg that there “might be a future out there” for him in the “political landscape.”
“This is the first year that I’ve been incensed to a level that I can’t sleep, you know?” Smith said in his first podcast interview. “So I’m feeling that at some point, in the near future, I will have to lend my voice to the conversation in a somewhat different way.”
And on CBS Sunday Morning this week, Smith elaborated on his political aspirations, suggesting that it’s comments by Republican frontrunner Donald Trump that are making him incensed and that he would set his sights on being the leader of the free world.
“If people keep saying all the crazy kind of stuff they’ve been saying on the news lately about walls and Muslims,” Smith said, alluding to some of Trump’s controversial proposals, “They’re going to force me into the political arena.”
When asked which office he would run for, Smith, who early in his acting career planned to be the biggest movie star in the world, indicated he’s still setting his sights high.
“I gotta be the president,” he said, “C’mon, really? … What else would I run for?”
In the CBS Sunday Morning interview, Smith also talks about playing Dr. Bennet Omalu in the new film Concussion, which hits theaters Christmas Day, and even does his version of Omalu’s voice in front of the doctor.
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