Actor Will Smith floated running for office “at some point” in the future while appearing on a podcast released on Monday.
"I think for now I’ll let that office get cleaned up a little bit," Smith told Crooked Media’s “Pod Save America,” adding, "and then I'll consider that at some point down the line."
"I absolutely have an opinion, I’m optimistic, I’m hopeful, I believe in understanding between people and I believe in the possibility of harmony,” he added. “I will certainly do my part, whether it remains artistic or, at some point, ventures into the political arena.”
Smith has publicly considered entering the political realm in the past, including in 2015 when he told CBS News’s “Sunday Morning” that then-candidate Trump’s comments would drive the actor to seek office.
“If people keep saying all the crazy kinds 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 at the time.
During Monday’s podcast, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” actor also commented on his experiences with racism and discrimination.
"I've been called [n-word] to my face probably five or six times. And fortunately for my psyche, I've never been called [n-word] by a smart person," Smith said. "I grew up with the impression that racists and racism were stupid, and they were easy to get around. I just had to be smarter now while they were very dangerous. I had never looked into the eyes of a racist and saw anything that I perceived as intellect."
He said that as he entered his acting career he saw more systemic racism and noticed “a difference between ignorance and evil.”
“Now they're twins, for sure, but ignorance can be educated and evil is a much more difficult problem,” he said.
“I've always been encouraged that the process of education and understanding could alleviate some of the more dangerous and difficult aspects of racism that have unfortunately been embedded in the very fibers of our country,” he added.