Smits in ’05?

Jimmy Smits is running for President. On TV, anyway. He’s one of three contenders for the Democratic nomination on The West Wing.

But he hasn’t forgotten Star Wars:

“The ‘Star Wars’ politics has a lot more gravitas to it,” Smits explains. “It’s got that kind of lore and tradition, the decorum. I think it’s much more akin to what our Founding Fathers had with the wigs and stuff, in its own futuristic kind of way.”

On “West Wing,” there’s little pageantry to politics. “It’s much more quick, we [make] the audience keep up with us,” he says.

I guess the whole ‘long time ago’ thing does factor into it…