In the era of celebrity biopics, the idea of a film about your favorite public figure is always exciting.
Well, Will Smith claims he may have missed his chance to portray the first Black President of the United States, Barack Obama. While promoting his new film Suicide Squad, Will stopped by The Late Show to chat with Stephen Colbert about the issues plaguing the nation and playing POTUS in a film.
He told Colbert, “I was thinking about it but, you know, I watched Obama for the last 8 years [and] that’s a hard job. I definitely have had the itching. I have lots of views and ideas and sometimes I hear people say things on television and I just want to run against them. Just straight at ’em and knock ’em over. But I think it’s not where my greatest gifts are.”
Will continued, “[Barack and I] talked about [me playing him a film] a couple times. He said the one thing that’s for sure is I have the ears to play him.”
He even dished on his stance on Black Lives Matter, saying, “I always look at these things in terms of a marriage, you know? I’ve done my 10,000 hours of marriage counseling. So Jada and I have worked really hard to develop a successful relationship. So I always look at things in terms of relationships, so when I think about race relations in this country now, there’s a thing that happens before things are cleaned up.”
Will added, “When I hear people say that it’s worse than it’s ever been, I disagree completely. It’s clearly not worse than it was in the ’60s. And it’s certainly not as bad as it was in the 1860s. We are talking about race in this country more clearly and openly than we have almost ever in the history of this country. It’s on the table. Racism is not getting worse, it’s getting filmed.”
Check out Will Smith’s full interview above.
SOURCE: Complex | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Youtube