Will Smith has taken on aliens, robots, zombies, Kevin James’ poor dancing skills, and even the National Football League. What’s he going to do next? Maybe politics.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, Smith said some form of real-life political role could be in his future.
“I’m a climber, so if I see a mountain, I have to climb it. I’m not a camper; I don’t like hanging in one place too long,” Smith said. “So I think, at this point, I’m elevating my ability to be useful in the world. I think that that’s what my grandmother always hoped, that I would make myself useful to people in this lifetime. […] And, you know, 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.”
This is hardly the first time Smith has expressed some desire to move into the political arena. Back in December 2007, one year before Barack Obama was elected president, Smith said during an interview that he “always wanted to be the first black president.”
“Barack Obama stole my idea,” Smith joked at the time. “That’s OK with me. Barack can go first and then I’ll take my turn.” Smith added that one of the platforms he was most concerned with was “physical survival.”
“I’d start with universal healthcare and shelter,” he said.
Smith’s next film, Concussion, arrives in theaters next month. Watch director Peter Landesman discuss the new film below.