The 2016 elections will go on without Will Smith as a candidate (not that things aren’t interesting enough right now). On last weekend’s CBS Sunday Morning, the 47-year-old actor and rapper discussed his role in the upcoming movie, Concussion. Will plays Nigerian forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, who went head-to-head with the NFL after publishing a paper detailing the brain damage experienced by a former football player.
In addition to showing off his (uncanny) impersonation of the good doctor – with the real Dr. Omalu sitting right next to him, Will hinted that movie and music stardom may not be his only life goals. He told CBS reporter Tracy Smith, “There’s a thing I’m supposed to be doing. There’s so much more that I feel I have to offer that I can’t reach myself.” When asked how he could find out that elusive thing, Will said “If people keep saying all the crazy kinds of stuff they’ve been saying on the news lately about walls and Muslims, they’re going to force me into the political arena,” and, when further prodded added, “I mean, I gotta be the president. What else would I run for? Come on!”
(Side note: if you have 9 minutes to spare, watch the interview. If you weren’t a Will Smith fan going in, I promise you that you’ll be one by the end of it.)
If it seemed like Will was kidding around about running for president in the interview, you would be right. At the New York premiere of Concussion, Will told ET, “I was really kind of joking when I said that.” He added that his role as Dr. Omalu in the film awoke some political aspirations, stating “Dr. Omalu has such a positive view of America and the American dream. As an actor, being able to be a part of that and to feel from the outsider’s perspective how great this country is, I sort of got inspired as I was looking at the current political landscape. I was inspired to defend the ideals that help build such a beautiful country.”
Sunday’s interview wasn’t the first time Will alluded to a possible career in politics. On an episode of the Awards Chatter podcast last month, he mused, “As I look at the political landscape, I think that there might be a future out there for me. They might need me out there. This is the first year that I’ve been incensed to a level that I can’t sleep, you know? 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.”
Will might want to have a speech ready, but not for political office. Critics are saying that his performance in Concussion could earn Will his third Oscar nomination (he was previously nominated for Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness) – and they say that the third time’s the charm.
Will doesn’t have the time to run for president… unless he makes his reunion tour with DJ Jazzy Jeff into a series of political rallies. It would be kind of cool for him to revive his first hit and take the stage with “Politicians Just Don’t Understand”!
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