Will Smith to go into politics

85929972_willsmith-afp-getty-620x330Kanye West turned some heads when he sensationally announced he wanted to run for president in 2020.

But it seems he isn’t the only rapper-turned megastar looking for a foray into politics.

Will Smith has hinted he wants to run for office ‘in the near future’ because he is ‘incensed’ with the system.

The Concussion and Men in Black star told the Hollywood Reporter he wants to explore the political landscape so he can ‘be useful in the world’.

The 47-year-old told Scott Feinberg of the podcast Awards Chatter: ‘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?’ he continued.

‘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.’

He added: ‘America’s the only place on earth that I could exist. No other country on earth produces Will Smiths, you know.’

Smith, whose net worth is said to be more than $250million, also delved into race relations and culture.

He told Feinberg:  ‘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.’

During the 45-minute interview, Smith talked about his upcoming film Concussion.

He plays the real-life Nigerian-born forensic neuropathologist Dr Bennet Omalu, who takes on the NFL on head injuries.

The doctor accused them of covering up evidence that concussions can cause football players long-term harm.

The film is set to be released on Christmas Day and is already tipped for awards success.

Smith was born into a Catholic family but now insists he isn’t religious.

In a joint interview with son Jaden for New York Magazine in 2013, he said: ‘Baptized. Went to a Catholic school. Lived in a Jewish neighborhood.

‘My mother worked on the school board, so she was very serious about education, and my grandmother was in the church. So there was a huge amount of discipline, and I’m trying to maintain some of the old ideals, minus the ownership. We don’t own our children, you know. They own themselves. Not to go too far into that, talking about slavery concepts and how the black community is carrying those…’

Then Jaden cuts him off: ‘If we started going down that road, Mommy (Jada Pinkett Smith) would, like, burst into this room.’

In 2008, he donated $4,500 to Barack Obama’s political campaign. He then hosted the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway, when he was announced as the winner.

In 2012, he backed legalizing same-sex marriage. That same year he organized a fundraiser for the Obamas.

In 2007, Newsweek named him the most powerful man in Hollywood.

source: citifmonline.com

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.