Smith addressed Donald Trump without saying his name

By Nick Romano
December 14, 2017 at 09:32 AM EST
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Will Smith has seen the future, and it’s gonna be “a f—king mess.”

While promoting his latest film, Netflix’s Bright, at a press event in Beverly Hills, California, the actor went on a political tangent in which he addressed the state of the world, President Donald Trump (without saying his name), and what comes next.

“This is the purge, right?” Smith asked the gathered crowd, according to IndieWire reporter Jenna Marotta — a day after controversial Republican Roy Moore lost the Senate special election in Alabama to Doug Jones. “This is the cleanse, this is what happens. This is the natural reaction to the amount of light that came into the world when Barack Obama was the president.”

Flanked by costar Joel Edgerton and director David Ayer, Smith went on to say, “We had to expect that [the pendulum] was going to go the other way,” in reference to Trump’s rise to political power. “As a cleanse — this is the darkness before the dawn.”

Adding to the unexpected grandiosity of his words, Smith remarked, “I feel very, very strongly that we are shifting into what the next age of humanity is going to be right now. It’s just the s—t has to get stirred up, in a way. We’re seeing it all. … It’s going to be really interesting to see how humanity reacts to it, and it’s going to be a f—king mess. It’s going to be a mess, but it’s the mess in the cleanup. It’s the mess and the purge before that new, real light shows up.”

It was definitely a stark aside from the subject of the press conference, which was Bright, a fantasy film about an LAPD officer (Smith) and his orc partner (Edgerton) getting involved in a skirmish over a magic wand. Penned by Max Landis, Bright also features Noomi Rapace as an elven fighter.

But this isn’t the first time Smith has spoken out about Trump — though it is the first time he predicted such a dystopian future. “As painful as it is to hear Donald Trump talk and as embarrassing as it is as an American to hear him talk, I think it’s good,” he said last year while promoting Suicide Squad. “We get to know who people are and now we get to cleanse it out of our country.”

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