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Will's latest movie Concussion may be just what the actor needs to cement his position at the top of Hollywood once again. People are already turning their heads and bringing up the word 'Oscar' in relation to Will's performance as Dr. Bennet Omalu.

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Aside from his latest professional endeavors, Will has been talking more frankly about humanitarian and social issues.

Will appeared alongside Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Benicio del Toro, Michael Caine and Joel Edgerton at The Hollywood Reporter's awards-season Actor Roundtable, where the celebrity actors discussed topics such as aging, marriage and peeing in sinks.

However, things got more serious when Will opened up about a highly contentious and burning issue that is prevalent everywhere in the world: racism.

The star remarked that it was something he and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith had been discussing a lot recently. Perhaps in the wake of the Ferguson Riots, Chapel shootings, and the death of Sandra Bland, racism in America can no longer be avoided as a topic of conversation.

Will said that he prefers to make the distinction between being 'racist' and being 'prejudiced.' For the Fresh Prince of Bel Air star, racism is the belief that your race is superior to others. He also says that racism, as he sees it, is not something he encounters too often in the industry, but when he does, he will not work with people who display this kind of behavior.

On the other hand, Will readily admits that prejudice is everywhere and that "everybody is prejudiced." The star even admitted that he himself lives with prejudice. He also commented:

"Everybody has their life experiences that make them prefer one thing over another -- it makes them prefer blond hair over a brunette; if you see somebody with dark skin walking down the street, you have a different reaction than you have [with] someone who is 5-foot-1 and white."

The question was then posed regarding how America's deeply rooted race problem can be solved, or even if it could be solved at all. Samuel L. Jackson, who was also present at the event, gave a straight up answer of "no." Meanwhile, Smith had a differing opinion:

"As actors we have the ultimate power...
...Historically, story combined with imagery moves humanity forward. What we do -- not that it’s a responsibility, but it is the ultimate forum for changing people’s hearts and minds."

The Men in Black star did concede that undoing the constructs of racial power that exist in America and the West, where white people benefit from white privilege and supremacy to the detriment of and the exploitation of African Americans, will be "so brutal and painful."

In recent years, Will's career has slowed somewhat from his previous two decades of being on top of the game. During this time, he had come out and said that he did not believe racism existed in Hollywood at all and that directors only care about how much money you make them and not what race you are.

Some are now saying that a slowing in his career has served as the right wake up call for Will to face the troubling issues that have never stopped plaguing Hollywood, or any industry for that matter.


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