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Will Smith News & Rumors
We're Obsessed With The Official Poster For Collateral Beauty!
The new official poster for #CollateralBeauty has arrived, featuring Will Smith and his co-stars, #KateWinslet, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Michael Pena, Naomie Harris and Jacob Latimore. Scroll down to watch the trailer.
Just when you think that every celebrity marriage is doomed to fail, #JadaPinkettSmith took to Facebook on Saturday to share some inspirational words on her husband's 48th birthday.
In the caption of the video, she wrote:
"I saw this video yesterday and it reminded me of all the wonderful ways you and I have made a difference together on this planet. We do so much good in this world together, Will and there is so much more to come. You have been the greatest gift to me in that way, by being a fire of inspiration in my heart.I love you always. To the king of kings...Happy Birthday!!!!Jada"
The day before his birthday, Smith partnered up with Oprah Winfrey at the opening of the first National Museum of African American History and Culture. The two quoted lines from Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes as they unveiled the new structure in Washington DC.
In a recent press conference with Fandango, one reporter asked if the cast sustained any mild injuries while on the set of #SuicideSquad, and Will Smith reminded us that he's definitely not the "fresh" prince anymore:
"When you're 47, no injury is a mild injury. *laughs* I tore my calf a couple of weeks in and what's terrible is, I wasn't doing anything! You know, we're sparring and I step back to throw a shot and my calf popped."
Then director #DavidAyer chimed in to call Smith a total trouper for the fact that despite the doctor's warning to stay off the leg for six weeks, Smith soldiered on and did the movie anyway.
You can listen to the whole interview from We Got This Covered right here:
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Will Smith Bio
Will Smith was raised Baptist and attended Catholic school, but he does not identify as relgious (no, Will Smith is not a Scientologist). The 48-year-old actor got his start as a rapper before starring in the #90sTV classic #TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir.
Remember those days?!
Will Smith met his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, on the set of the show (she was auditioning for the role of Lisa, Will's girlfriend, which she ironically didn't get). He has one 23-year-old son, Trey. with his first wife, Sheree Zampino, and two more children, Jaden, 18, and Willow, 15, with Jada Pinkett. You've probably already heard of Will Smith's younger kids, who've started forging entertainment careers of their own. Who could forget Willow's hit single "I Whip My Hair (Back n Forth)"? Jaden made his cinematic debut alongside his dad in #ThePursuitOfHappyness, then went on to star in #TheKarateKid reboot with Jackie Chan. Now you can catch him in the new Netflix original series The Get Down.
Before signing on to star in The Fresh Prince, Smith had gone nearly bankrupt after the IRS found out he had neglected to pay his income taxes. But that was over two decades ago, and today his networth is around a whopping $260 million.
Today, he and his family live on a massive estate in Calabasas, CA. As if the basketball court, tennis court, and swimming pool weren't enough, the $20 million house is big enough to have it's own zip code!
Check out pics of the house here from Star News:
Will Smith Oscar Nominations & Awards
This past year, Smith brought his sons along to the MTV Awards, where he accepted the Generation Award — which he laughingly nicknamed the "Old-Ass Dude Award."
Thus far, Smith's brought home two Oscar nominations, both for Best Actor. The first one came for #Ali in 2002, followed by The Pursuit of Happyness in 2007. He won a Hollywood Film Award this past year for #Concussion, as well as four MTV Movie Awards throughout his career. He's also got a handful of Golden Globe noms and on SAG nomination from The Pursuit of Happyness.
Then of course, Smith's got four Grammys from his days as a rapper: the first one in 1988 for Best Rap Performance with "Parent's Just Don't Understand," then Best Rap Performance By A Duo or Group in 1992 with "Summertime." He rounded out the list with two wins for Best Rap Solo Performance for "Men In Black" in 1998 and "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" in 1999.
New & Upcoming Will Smith Movies
1. Suicide Squad
- Director: David Ayer
- Starring: Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis
- Release Date: August 5
The long awaited story of the anti-heroes of the #DCEU is finally here! Will Smith stars as #Deadshot, a hired assassin with impeccable aim, alongside Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn and Jared Leto's the Joker. Despite the harsh critical reviews, #SuicideSquad has already passed $700 million at the box office and looks poised to make even more.
2. Collateral Beauty
- Director: David Frankel
- Starring: Naomie Harris, Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren
- Release Date: December 16
Some people are already whispering that this film will be a force to be reckoned with at the 2017 Academy Awards. Smith stars as Howard Inlet, a New York ad man who finds himself struggling to move on with his life after the death of his daughter. Concentrating on the interconnectedness of time, death and love, he writes letters obsessively to each of these entities. Then, miraculously, they answer him.
- Director: David Ayer
- Starring: Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace
- Release Date: TBA
As part of its push for more original content, #Netflix is backing this $90 million thriller from Suicide Squad director David Ayer. Ayer was keen to work with Smith again, however, the whole production is keeping mum on the question of plot details. All we know at the moment is that Smith will be playing the lead character by the name of Scott Ward, and Joel Edgerton will co-star as a character called Nick Jakoby. Noomi Rapace's character information for #Bright has yet to be released.
4. The American Can
- Director: Edward Zwick
- Starring: TBA
- Release Date: 2017
Based on the true story of real-life hero John Keller (Smith), #TheAmericanCan tells the story of a US Marine and New Orleans native that saved the lives of 244 people trapped in his apartment building in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
5. Bad Boys For Life
- Director: Joe Carnahan
- Starring: Martin Lawrence, Derrick Gilbert
- Release Date: 12 January 2018
Although no plot details have been released yet, it seems pretty safe to assume that Detectives Mike Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) will be up to their old tricks in this follow up to #BadBoys (1995) and #BadBoysII (2003). This time, in #BadBoysForLife, the cast list includes the addition of little Derrick Gilbert in the role of "Son." Throwing a kid into the mix seems like a recipe for disaster, which will hopefully make things even funnier.
Seriously, how cute is this kid?
6. Bad Boys 4
- Director: TBA
- Starring: Martin Lawrence
- Release Date: TBA
Whatever happens in Bad Boys for Life, it looks like Smith and Lawrence are already signed on for a fourth follow-up in the Bad Boys franchise. But with no director or other stars signed on to #BadBoys4, we'll have to wait and see what happens with this one.
Will Smith Movies & TV Shows: The Complete List
- Suicide Squad (2016)
- Concussion (2015)
- Focus (2015)
- Winter's Tale (2014)
- Anchorman II: The Legend Continues (2013)
- After Earth (2013)
- Men in Black 3 (2012)
- Seven Pounds (2008)
- Hancock (2008)
- I Am Legend (2007)
- The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
- Hitch (2005)
- Shark Tale (2004)
- I, Robot (2004)
- All of Us (TV) (2003-2004)
- Bad Boys II (2003)
- Ali (2001)
- The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
- Wild Wild West (1999)
- Enemy of the State (1998)
- Men in Black (1997)
- Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV) (1997)
- Independence Day (1996)
- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV) (1990-1996)
- Bad Boys (1995)
- Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
- Where the Day Takes You (1991)
- ABC Afterschool Specials (TV) (1990)
What's your favorite Will Smith role?