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Will Smith weighs in on the 2016 election, racism, and Islamophobia.

"What makes someone evil is they don’t think they’re evil. They think they’re doing good."

Will Smith weighs in on the 2016 election, racism, and Islamophobia.

While promoting his latest film, "Suicide Squad," Will Smith is using his platform in a unique way.

In the film, Smith plays an assassin named Deadshot. On screen, you'll find him in the middle of a hail of bullets, explosions, and destruction. For example:

GIF from Warner Bros. Pictures/YouTube.


Smith's character is, technically, a "bad guy," which is a major change of pace for the movie star, who you'll usually find filling the role of a film's protagonist. Though he's a "bad guy" on the screen this time around, his recent comments during a number of press events show that in real life, he's still a hero.

Speaking at a press stop in Dubai, Smith addressed an important social issue that seems only to be getting worse: Islamophobia.

During a recent press conference, the summer blockbuster star talked about why he feels a personal responsibility to speak out on issues of racial and religious discrimination.

GIFs by The Associated Press/YouTube.

For him, that means trying to balance out some of the most incendiary rhetoric from a certain presidential candidate *cough* Donald Trump *cough* that many consider to be anti-Muslim.

Smith says he believes he has a responsibility to speak out so that "when [people] see a black man, the energy that we had can be what they remember." He added: "They have to know that your black skin won't hurt them."

Margot Robbie and Will Smith attend the European premiere of "Suicide Squad" in London. Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images.

In another interview, Smith got in another subtle dig at Trump when discussing how he got into the "bad guy" mindset:

"What makes someone evil is they don’t think they’re evil. They think they’re doing good," Smith told Access Hollywood. "Like, they actually think it’s OK to call a woman a 'fat pig' on television. They think it’s OK. That’s what makes them evil."

While it seems pretty obvious who Smith won't be voting for this November, he seems confident that he's not alone.

GIF by The Associated Press/YouTube.

GIF by The Associated Press/YouTube.

But surely, it's nothing personal.

OK, this is just another GIF from the movie. GIF from Warner Bros. Pictures/YouTube.

You can watch Will Smith share more of this thoughts on the dangers of Islamophobia in the video below:

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