© Getty Images
Will Smith says his next role might not be in a summer blockbuster, but on the campaign trail.
The "Men in Black" and "Independence Day" star, in an interview on Hollywood Reporter's "Awards Chatter" podcast, says as he looks at the political landscape, "I think that there might be a future out there for me. They might need me out there."
Smith, 47, added, "This is the first year that I’ve been incensed to a level that I can’t sleep, you know? So I’m feeling that at some point, in the near future, I will have to lend my voice to the conversation in a somewhat different way."
Calling himself a "climber," Smith — who, along with wife Jada Pinkett Smith, hosted a fundraiser for President Obama's reelection campaign in 2012 — offered a glimpse into what might motivate him to enter the political realm: "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. So I think, at this point, I’m elevating my ability to be useful in the world."
"I think that that’s what my grandmother always hoped," the rapper turned actor said, "that I would make myself useful to people in this lifetime."