Will Smith Has Been ‘Itching’ To Run For Office [VIDEO]

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Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter
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Will Smith said he has “definitely … had the itching” to run for public office. But it sounds highly unlikely that will ever happen.

On Tuesday night on the “Late Show” with Stephen Colbert, the 47-year-old actor shared that he has thought about running for political office in the past and that he and the president have had conversations about Smith playing him in a movie. (RELATED: Will Smith: America ‘Won’t And Can’t’ Elect Donald Trump)


“I definitely have had the itching,” Smith said of running for office. “I have a lot of views and ideas, and sometimes I hear people say things on television and I just want to run against them.”

But the actor added that at this time he doesn’t see it as the best place for his “gifts.”

“But you know I think it’s not where my greatest gifts are.” (RELATED: Will Smith On ‘Fresh Prince’ Reboot: ‘When Hell Freezes Over’)

Smith also joked that he has spoken to his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith about it and her response on numerous occasions has been “hell no.”

Short of getting into politics, the actor said he and President Barack Obama have talked about the idea of Smith playing him in a movie a “couple of times.”

“He said the one thing is for sure, I have the ears to play him.”