Will Smith Says He Hasn’t Ruled Out A Run For President
Favreau asked Smith if he would seriously consider politics in the future after joking about it for years. Smith responded saying he hasn’t ruled it out.
“I think 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,” he said. “I absolutely have an opinion, I’m optimistic, I’m hopeful, I believe in understanding between people, and I believe in the possibility of harmony.”
Smith has joked before about entering the political arena. He told CBS Sunday Morning in 2015 that he would have to join the race if things didn’t change.
“If people … keep saying all the crazy kind of stuff they’ve been saying on the news, lately … they’re going to force me into the political arena,” Smith said at the time. “I’ve got to be the president … You know, what else would I run for?”
In addition to politics, Smith also discussed his personal experience with racism on the podcast.
“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,” he said. “But at the core of it, I noticed a difference between ignorance and evil. Now they’re twins, for sure, but ignorance, can be educated and evil is a much more difficult problem. 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 fibers of our country.”
Smith appeared on the show to promote his newest project, Netflix’s Amend: The Fight for America. The six part docu-series explores the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.