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Will Smith: Racism Not Worse, ‘It’s Getting Filmed’

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Will Smith stopped by The Late Show on Tuesday to chat with Stephen Colbert about his new film, Suicide Squad. Along with discussing his role as Deadshot in the comic book-based blockbuster, Smith and Colbert chopped it up about the actor’s political aspirations.

While Smith said he has the ears to play President Obama in a biopic, apparently he’s also discussed it with POTUS himself.

“We’ve talked about it a couple times,” Smith told Colbert. “He said the one thing that’s for sure is I have the ears to play him.”

Smith’s political ambitions don’t just stop at the big screen, though. It seems like the Fresh Prince may be considering a run for public office too.

“I was thinking about it but, you know, I watched Obama for the last 8 years [and] that’s a hard job,” the actor said. “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.”

Though Smith and Colbert shared plenty of laughs (and Smith even performed his classic hit, “Summertime”), things turned serious when discussions of race came up.

“I always look at these things in terms of a marriage, you know?” Smith said of the current state of race relations in America. “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. There’s a darkness before the dawn that’s always difficult.”

Smith continued: “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.”

The actor concluded, “Racism is not getting worse, it’s getting filmed.”

Take a look at Will Smith’s The Late Show interview