Will Smith is being celebrated once again for his acting efforts in the movie Concussion, in which he portrays the character Dr. Bennet Omalu; a forensic pathologist who fought against the NFL.
Check out the trailer for Concussion below:
Lately, Will Smith has been showing a new side to himself – a side that demonstrates his awareness and concern for social justice and political issues in the US.
Just recently at the Actors Round Table, he went into some depth about America's race problem and how racism and prejudice have affected his career as a Hollywood actor.
Now in his first ever podcast interview with Awards Chatter, released this Wednesday, Will spoke up about topics of a more contentious and serious nature. This time it was 'politics' that came up as the subject matter. During the conversation, the Concussion star offered an insight into his general feelings about the US's political landscape.
The 47-year-old revealed that his growing interest in politics could signal a shift in career:
“As I look at the political landscape, I think there might be a future out there for me. They might need me out there.”
Will also expressed his growing concern for the way things are heading:
“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.”
Transitioning from the entertainment industry to politics is by no means an easy feat, but has been done before. Of course, the textbook examples are Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger, but also American Idol star Clay Aiken has been successful in his career move.
Will definitely has the right attitude to make the cross-over, vocalizing his ambition and healthy attitude to a new challenge:
“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. 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.”
With that approach, I'm sure we'll be seeing Will behind the podium in no time at all.