CBS Sunday Morning profiled Will Smith yesterday, with the release of his latest film, “Concussion,” just around the corner. The network has made the piece available online, which I’ve embedded below.
In it, Smith not only talks about the obvious (“Concussion”), he also shares stories from his early days, as he made the transition from Fresh Prince the rapper, to Will Smith the actor, and his focus on becoming one of the world’s biggest movie stars (a decision he made about 2 decades ago, and deliberately planned), from “Independence Day” to “Concussion,” the box office hits (most of them) and the few misses (notably, “After Earth”), and how he moved past mourning them.
Despite all the success, he says he still feels somewhat unfulfilled, as if there’s still much more that he can do beyond entertainment: “There’s a contribution to the world inside of me that I can’t reach,” he said. “There’s a thing that I’m supposed to be doing. There’s a person that I want to be that I always saw the reflection in my grandmother’s eyes, you know, of what it is, but I can’t reach that thing. There’s so much more that I feel that I have to offer that I can’t access in myself.”
I can offer one suggestion, just in case he’s reading: help launch a black filmmaker fund that will help (whether in part, or in full) up-and-coming black filmmakers (with proven talent), finance their feature film debuts. That would be an immense “contribution to the world” as he put it, that he may not be considering.
But Mr Smith apparently has other ideas: “If people keep saying all the crazy kind of stuff they’ve been saying on the news lately about walls and Muslims, they’re going to force me into the political arena,” he said.
And when asked what office he’d run for, he replied: “I mean, I gotta be the president, you know? Come on! Keep it real. How you gonna ask me that? You know, what else would I run for?”
I should note that this isn’t the first time Will Smith has voiced his political ambitions; he’s done so at least once or twice previously this year. At first, I thought maybe he was just kidding around; but the fact that he continues to say it, suggests, to me, that he may actually be serious. Certainly not this time around, but, who knows, maybe during the next presidential election cycle, he’ll make a push (or the one after that). He’s 47 years old, so he’d be in his 50s.
Watch the profile below: