The two-time Oscar nominee sat down with the Hollywood Reporter's 'Awards Chatter' podcast to talk about his recent film Concussion, the success of his career both film and music and aiming for a political seat? You heard it right.
The 47-year-old actor candidly speaks of his transition from rapper to an actor, the strategy that he kept in the success of his career and his previously unknown plans in the near future to enter the political arena.
"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," Smith said. "So I think, at this point, I'm elevating my ability to be useful in the world. I think that that's what my grandmother always hoped, that I would make myself useful to people in this lifetime ... 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."
Though Smith's career has been very successful, the Concussion star's journey from West Philadelphia rapper to becoming a Hollywood superstar shared a few things of his motivations in order to reach his stardom. Nicknamed "Prince," as in "Prince Charming," by an elementary school teacher he kissed up to, a girlfriend cheating on him when he was 15 - "I made a pact with myself that if I would just be the best in the world at everything, no one would ever cheat on me again." And a grandmother whose approval he craved, "There was a look of pride that my grandmother used to have when she would watch me perform, so for my entire career I've yearned for that look," he shared.
Smith's upcoming movie Concussion is set to release by Columbia nationwide on Christmas Day, which he portrays the Nigerian-born forensic pathologist who took on the National Football League for suppressing evidence that concussions cause players long-term harm, THR wrote.
The four-time Grammy winner has also diclosed that he's coming back to the music industry which he plans on tour with Dj Jazzy Jeff and his recent bombastic performance on Latin Grammy Awards.
"I'm pretty much poppin' in the studio everyday and I'm looking for artists to collaborate with," Smith told People. "I've probably recorded 30 songs. I have six or seven that I really like."