Will Smith Talks POTUS, Politics & Racism With Stephen Colbert

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Will Smith has one busy week ahead of him. With his upcoming film Suicide Squad predicted to make over $100 million in its opening weekend, it’s customary to do a promotional run to ensure the superhero flick’s success. The Academy Award nominated actor appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to discuss a variety of topics that ranged from racism, politics and the possibility of portraying President Barack Obama on screen.

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As the country continues to reel from another tense period of racial unrest, Smith provided Colbert with his two cents about the state of race relations and how social media has put a bigger lens on racism in America.  “It’s clearly not worse than it was in the ’60s. And it’s certainly not as bad as it was in the 1860s,” he said. “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.”

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Aside from the bleak but necessary topic of race, Smith also discussed politics and the possibility of portraying President Barack Obama on the silver screen. “He said the one thing that’s for sure is I have the ears to play him,” Smith jokingly said to Colbert. Portraying a real life person isn’t anything new for Smith. In fact, the rapper turned actor earned two Oscar nominations for his portrayals of real life figures Muhammad Ali in Ali and Chris Gardner in The Pursuit Of Happyness.

Watch Smith’s interview with Colbert below.