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Will Smith says Donald Trump may force him to run for president

By Wade Sheridan
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Will Smith says Donald Trump may force him to run for president
Will Smith at a screening of "Concussion" on November 10. The actor has spoken out against presidential hopeful Donald Trump stating that his offensive remarks may force him to run for president. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

NEW YORK, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Will Smith is willing to enter the presidential race if it meant preventing Donald Trump from winning.

Appearing on CBS Sunday Morning, Smith spoke about the controversy surrounding Trump's recent remarks about preventing Muslims from entering the country and his thoughts on the Mexican border.

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"If people . . . keep saying all the crazy kind of stuff they've been saying on the news, lately, about walls and Muslims," the actor said to anchor Tracy Smith, "they're going to force me into the political arena."

When asked what position he would run for, Smith made it clear he only had one in mind. "I mean, I gotta be the president. Come on! What else would I run for?"

He explained that he has never put any limit on his career and what he can accomplish. "I realized that there was no way that I was put here just to be a movie star... The best things that have ever happened, ever, were unrealistic before they happened. So for me, I think being the biggest movie star in the world as a goal actually was too small!"

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This isn't the first time the Concussion star has mentioned running for office. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Smith spoke again about leaving Hollywood behind and entering into the world of politics.

"I'm a climber, so if I see a mountain, I have to climb it. I'm not a camper; I don't like hanging in one place too long. So I think, at this point, I'm elevating my ability to be useful in the world," Smith explained. "And, you know, as I look at the political landscape, I think that there might be a future out there for me. They might need me out there. This is the first year that I've been incensed to a level that I can't sleep, you know? So I'm feeling that at some point, in the near future, I will have to lend my voice to the conversation in a somewhat different way."

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