Will Smith May Go Into Politics Soon: “I’ve Been Incensed”

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Kanye West has already announced his intentions to run for president in 2020, but could Will Smith be next to throw his hat in the ring? The Concussion star revealed during his first-ever podcast interview posted on Wednesday, Nov. 25, that he’s considering getting into politics — and it could happen soon.

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“As I look at the political landscape, I think there might be a future out there for me. They might need me out there,” the Oscar-nominated actor told The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast. “This is the first year that I’ve been incensed to a level that I can’t sleep. So I’m feeling at some point in the near future I will have to lend my voice to the conversation in a somewhat different way.”

Smith, who, along with wife Jada Pinkett Smith, has supported President Barack Obama in the past, didn’t specify what about the current political landscape has him so angry. But the musician and actor, 47, did note that he likes to keep growing.

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“I’m a climber. If I see a mountain, I have to climb it. I’m not a camper. I don’t like hanging in one place too long,” he said. “I think at this point, I’m elevating my ability to be useful in the world. I think that’s what my grandmother always hoped, that I would make myself useful to people in this lifetime.”

Concussion, in which Smith plays a doctor who discovers a brain disease linked to football-related trauma, opens Dec. 25.

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