Will Smith 2020?
Currently on a whirlwind promo tour ahead of the holiday release of the NFL-shattering Concussion, Smith joined the Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg for his "first ever" podcast interview to discuss his portrayal of Nigerian-born forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, his creative process, and the current state of American politics. In fact, today's "political landscape" apparently has Smith so troubled, he's now seriously considering joining that conversation in the most direct way possible:
"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. 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. I’m working really hard and my storytelling is elevating, my ability to be eloquent with my body and with my voice and to deliver ideas as an actor is elevating. 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."
America's favorite multi-hyphenate, who also recently revealed why he ultimately decided to pass on Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-winning Django Unchained, also shared some compelling thoughts on what exactly America means to him in relation to his own journey from West Philadelphia to Hollywood and the story of Dr. Omalu:
"I would love for people to take away the importance of standing up, the importance of using your faith or whatever strength you have to call on to tell and demand the truth. I think that there is such a potential higher quality of human interaction, if we could tell each other the truth, and then also if we could make receptive places for the truth. I’d [also] love for people to take away Dr. Omalu’s reverence for the American dream. America’s the only place on earth that I could exist. No other country on earth produces Will Smiths, you know? If you look back historically, of how black people have had it on the planet, America is elevating quite well, based on the history of our people."
This news, of course, also opens up an interesting plot possibility for that rumored Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot: Will becomes POTUS.