Remember what happened last time a celebrity decided to run for President? We’re looking at you, Trump.
Now Will Smith is said to be considering a career move onto the political stage instead of the big screen.
The actor was appearing on the Pod Save America podcast, hosted by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor.
Smith was asked whether he would ever enter politics and think about running for office himself. The Men In Black actor laughed: “For now, I’ll let that office get cleaned up a little bit and then I’ll consider that at some point down the line.”
“I absolutely have an opinion. I’m optimistic, I’m hopeful, I believe in understanding between people. I believe in the possibility of harmony.”
“I’ll certainly do my part, whether it remains artistic or at some point ventures into the political arena.”
It’s not the first time that he’s hinted at a possible political career. In 2015 he told CBS News: “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.”
Elsewhere in the podcast, Smith also shared his own experiences racism in the US: “I’ve been called [n-word] to my face probably five or six times. And fortunately for my psyche, I’ve never been called [n-word] by a smart person,” Smith said.
“I grew up with the impression that racists and racism were stupid, and they were easy to get around. I just had to be smarter now while they were very dangerous, I had never looked into the eyes of a racist and saw anything that I perceived as intellect.”
However, when he started making his way into Hollywood, it changed his perceptions: “I started seeing the ideas of systemic racism, but at the core of it, I noticed a difference between ignorance and evil.”
“Fortunately, ignorance is more prevalent than blatant evil, so I’ve always been encouraged that the process of education and understanding could alleviate some of the more dangerous and difficult aspects of racism that have unfortunately been embedded in the very fibres of our country,” Smith said.
Smith and Trump aren’t the only celebs drawn to politics
Last year, Kanye West managed to get 60,000 votes in the US election.
The Rock was also questioned about his political aspirations on TV this week.
Speaking on USA Today, he says: “I would consider a presidential run in the future if that’s what the people wanted.”
“Truly I mean that, and I’m not flippant in any way with my answer…”
“So I would wait, and I would listen. I would have my finger on the pulse, my ear to the ground.”
Imagine that, a battle for the White House between Will Smith and The Rock.
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