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  • Will Smith Explains Why Daughter Willow Smith Dropped Out of "Annie" Remake

    Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:21:33

    Will Smith Explains Why Daughter Willow Smith Dropped Out of "Annie" Remake - It's not because she is too old

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    Will Smith's hair-whipping daughter Willow Smith dropped out of the titular role in the remake of Annie. Rumors swirled that the singer, 12, has outgrown the role due to its production schedule. However, her famous father revealed she chose to drop out on her own and not for that reason.

    He said, "Willow was supposed to be doing Annie, we got Jay-Z to do the movie, got the studio to come in and Willow had such a difficult time on tour with 'Whip my Hair' and she said, 'You know Daddy, I don't think so' and I said, 'Baby, hold up! No, no, no, listen, you'll be in New York with all of your friends and Beyoncé will be there. You will be singing and dancing,' and she looked at me and said, 'Daddy, I have a better idea, how about I just be 12.'"

    Wow, Beyoncé wasn't enough to stick with the production, huh?

    He continued, "I'm really learning through Willow the necessity that we have to snap ourselves back and refocus on the emotional needs of the people that we love. Someone's emotional needs can be very very different from your dreams and what you think they should be doing and where they are supposed to be."

    What do you think of Will Smith's explanation?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    02.13.13



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