Will Smith Covers "Esquire" and See What He Reveals
Fri, 13 Feb 2015 10:28:08
Will Smith is on the cover of the March issue of Esquire, which is on newsstands February 17.
He was QUITE revelatory.
The feature is at esquire.com but here are the key takeaways.
On Life and His Career:
"I have fun. I enjoy my life. And I was hardwired for a deep connection between service, God, and happiness. You kind of need all of those things to be in play for one to have the others."
He also said: "There's so much that I want to say, and I haven't been able to figure out how to say it in my art. I can only say it in ham-fisted, clumsy, non-poetic ways, and I’m trying to figure out how to talk about life and talk about love and talk about pain and trials and tribulation in an artistic form."
And this: "Before 2010, I had a vision. I saw a family in my mind that I wanted to have. And I was pushing and driving hard for my picture, and then I realized everyone has their own journey. I have to support what they want to do. I have to support the vision that they have for themselves, not my vision. That was excruciating for me. That was excruciating because I'm military-minded. And to have to back up off of the masculine in that way, to have to embrace a more gentle, understanding, loving, and caring side—that was a tough transition for me."
On Guns and Racism:
"The change that has to happen is about to be so brutal and so painful. It's not unlike the sixties. I think there’s actually a deeper issue at play that America is going to have to face. What we’re really talking about in this issue is people walking around the street with guns that can make a decision whether or not they’re going to kill someone, right? And that's even more difficult, because there's really no way back from that. This is a gun culture. And it’s painful for me, because I cannot figure out how to be helpful. I've always been telling my sons, We have to separate fault from responsibility—whose fault it is that black men are in this situation, whose fault it is doesn’t matter. It's our responsibility to make it go right. It's our responsibility. It's a lot of people’s fault, systemic racism, and it’s a lot of people’s fault that the black community is in the situation that we're in, but it’s our responsibility to clean up the mess."
On the Pinnacle of his Career:
"I had dinner with Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali. I would say that was probably the high point of my career. That was the pinnacle. Nelson Mandela was on my left, and Muhammad Ali was on my right. And so I got fully aware that I meant absolutely nothing in this world."
On The Most Painful Failure of His Career, After Earth:
"That was a valuable lesson for me a few years ago with After Earth. That was the most painful failure in my career. Wild Wild West was less painful than After Earth because my son was involved in After Earth and I led him into it."
What is your fave Will Smith flick?