Rapper turned actor Will Smith is considering getting jiggy wit a presidential campaign run.
Without name-checking GOP candidate Donald Trump, the star of the upcoming drama, “Concussion“, reveals in an interview airing on “CBS Sunday Morning” this weekend that the current political discourse has him thinking he could do better.
Smith says in an excerpt of Sunday’s interview released early:
“If people… keep saying all the crazy kind of stuff they’ve been saying on the news lately about walls and Muslims. They’re going to force me into the political arena.”
Trump’s increasingly incendiary rhetoric on a potential travel ban for Muslims and a vow to build a wall along the Mexican border to keep out illegal immigrants have earned backlash from the former “Apprentice” host’s detractors.
But Smith seems to have been contemplating politics since before Trump threw his hair into the ring.
Smith told CBS News’ Tracy Smith:
“I realized that the dream (of just being a celebrity) was too small. You know, I realized that there was no way that I was put here just to be a movie star.”
It may become a crowded field: Rapper Kanye West declared during a rambling acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards in August that he’s going to make his own run for the presidency in 2020.