Will Smith is busier than ever this week ahead of the long-awaited release of Suicide Squad, the hyped-to-the-max David Ayer film that you've likely heard a thing or two about. After keeping things light on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show earlier this week when discussing his son Jaden's 18th birthday trickery, Will stopped by The Late Show to chat with Stephen Colbert about his political ambitions and his take on the nation's most pressing issues.
"I was thinking about it but, you know, I watched Obama for the last 8 years [and] that's a hard job," Smith told Colbert of his initial urge to go presidential back in 2008, when he first met the former Colbert Report host. "I definitely have had the itching. I have lots of views and ideas and sometimes I hear people say things on television and I just want to run against them. Just straight at 'em and knock 'em over. But I think it's not where my greatest gifts are."
However, that doesn't mean we should rule out Will Smith playing President Barack Obama at some point. "We've talked about it a couple times," Smith said, referencing a conversation he had with Obama about the part. "He said the one thing that's for sure is I have the ears to play him."
The conversation then turned to racism, an issue that has become a prominent fixture on the Democratic side of this year's presidential election in light of the efforts of activist groups such as Black Lives Matter. "I always look at these things in terms of a marriage, you know?" Smith said. "I've done my 10,000 hours of marriage counseling. So Jada and I have worked really hard to develop a successful relationship. So I always look at things in terms of relationships, so when I think about race relations in this country now, there's a thing that happens before things are cleaned up."
According to Smith, this "darkness before the dawn" could be a sign of hope for future generations. "When I hear people say that it's worse than it's ever been, I disagree completely," he told Colbert. "It's clearly not worse than it was in the '60s. And it's certainly not as bad as it was in the 1860s. We are talking about race in this country more clearly and openly than we have almost ever in the history of this country. It's on the table. Racism is not getting worse, it's getting filmed."
Watch the rest of Will Smith's Late Show appearance below, including a quick take on the DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince classic "Summertime" and another revelatory round of Colbert's popular "Big Questions With Even Bigger Stars" segment: