Will Smith Might Not Run For President After All: 'I Was Really Kind of Joking'
By Meredith B. Kile
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You can stop printing your “Will Smith 2016” campaign signs.
The 47-year-old actor spoke with ET at the New York premiere of his new film Concussion on Wednesday and clarified comments he made on CBS Sunday Morning over the weekend about running for president.
"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," Smith told the program, later adding, "I mean, I gotta be the president. What else would I run for? Come on!"
But when ET asked Smith about his possible political aspirations, he didn’t give us much hope for a Big Willie-topped ticket anytime soon.
“I was really kind of joking when I said that,” Smith admitted to ET, adding that playing Nigerian doctor Bennet Omalu in the film about brain trauma in the NFL inspired his political optimism.
“Dr. Omalu has such a positive view of America and the American dream,” he said. “As an actor, being able to be a part of that and to feel from the outsider's perspective how great this country is, I sort of got inspired as I was looking at the current political landscape. I was inspired to defend the ideals that help build such a beautiful country.”
It sounds like Smith isn’t counting anything out, but a 2016 run probably isn’t in order as the actor is also reviving his rap career, reuniting with DJ Jazzy Jeff for planned tour dates in the upcoming year.
“You know we’re getting started,” he teased. “We'll be warming up for New Years.”