Will Smith dropped a bombshell during a recent interview that aired on CBS Sunday Morning on Sunday, December 13. Smith not only spoke of his new role in the movie Concussion, but Will said he might run for president, as reported by CBS News.
Smith declared his presidential run could come as a result of being forced into politics so that Will can offer more of himself to the country. Even after Will has experienced so much success as an actor, Smith said he still believes he has a lot to offer the world beyond the world of acting.
Will was recently nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Concussion, and Smith learned of the news when his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, smacked him on the behind upon getting the alert about Will’s nomination early one morning.
“Jimmy and Kirsten Dunst team up against Will Smith and The Roots’ Tariq for a game of Catchphrase.”
Smith would be a pretty busy guy if he decides to throw his hat into the political presidential ring come 2020 – along with Kanye West, apparently – since Will spoke of going on tour in 2016 with his rapping partner Jazzy Jeff.
— Fallon Tonight (@FallonTonight) December 12, 2015
The things that prompted Will to run for president include Donald Trump’s ideas of building a big wall and keeping Muslims out of the country.
“If people keep saying all the crazy kinds of stuff they’ve been saying on the news lately about walls and Muslims, they’re going to force me into the political arena. I mean, I gotta be the President. Come on! What else would I run for?”
— Vulture (@vulture) December 14, 2015
Smith spoke of how considering acting in Concussion initially gave him pause, as Will remembered his years as a “football dad” under the Friday night lights that he loved. Will said the script and fact-based movie won him over, and that Smith doesn’t expect to get invited to the Super Bowl next year.
Will didn’t disclose whether he was truly serious about running for president, nor did Smith reveal which election he’d try to run within to become the leader of the free world – but Will seemed serious. It was an announcement that didn’t hit the web with as much of a resonating thud that Kanye’s 2020 presidential announcement hit social media, but Smith’s presidential bid seems more plausible for folks tweeting about the topic.
Smith already has four Grammy Awards under his belt, as well two Academy Award nominations. Will is known for taking risks – ones that often pay off in the life of Smith and his family, even as Will says he tells his children to “be as unrealistic as possible, and then figure out how to make it real.”
It’s a sentiment echoed by Amy Cuddy, an author and speaker who won fame for her “power posing” TED Talk, as reported by the Inquisitr.
— CBS Sunday Morning (@CBSSunday) December 13, 2015
For his part, Will says his dreams to run for president came after he had an epiphany that becoming a huge movie star was a dream that wasn’t large enough for his life.
“The best things that have ever happened, ever, were unrealistic before they happened. So for me, I think being the biggest movie star in the world as a goal actually was too small! I realized that the dream was too small. I realized that there was no way that I was put here just to be a movie star.”
Will and Jada were recently seen on the red carpet once again when Smith and Pinkett-Smith attended the 2nd Annual Diamond Ball on Thursday, December 10. It was held in Santa Monica, California, at The Barker Hangar.
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