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I'm about to show the world how little I know about Will Smith, what you've come to understand as Will Smith, the alien-annihilating MC, bigger-than-life movie star, is largely a construction, a carefully crafted and honed character designed to protect myself to hide myself from the world -- to hide the coward.
Behind the scenes of that, James Avery was relentless on me to elevate. He wouldn’t give me a damn inch. Everything I said, everything I did, for James Avery it was like, ‘Nope, not good enough. You have this position, look where you are, look what you are blessed with. I’m sorry but I’m not accepting anything other than absolute, committed perfection,’.
I just saw the video of you slapping the dude in Russia, I just want you to know you’ll never make a better piece of entertainment, it’s the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. Me and B [Beyonc], we got a show tonight, but we thinking about canceling and just staying in and just watching you slap this dude.
Sophia the robot represents state of the art artificial intelligence. She is a super-advanced humanoid robot, capable of showing over 60 different human expressions, interpreting human language and emotion. She’s been in development for over two years. She’s a learning artificial intelligence, but, she wouldn’t kiss me… so there’s probably, you know, some development flaws that they need to work on.
Growing up and trying to figure out your life … while people feel like they have some sort of entitlement to know what’s going on, is absolutely, excruciatingly terrible — and the only way to get over it, is to go into it, you can’t change your face. You can’t change your parents. You can’t change any of those things.
America is the only place on earth that I could exist, no other country on earth produces Will Smiths, no other country on earth produces Denzel Washingtons or Oprah Winfreys...or Barack Obamas. You look back historically at how black people have had it on the planet, you know, America is elevating quite well based on the history of our people.
When I sat down to meet with Bennet, I was like, 'please say something to make me not take this movie, please,' and then I was just so compelled by the story and the fact that I didn't know, i had watched my son play football for four years, and I didn't know. And just as a parent, I felt like I had to be a part of this.
It was personal for me from day one, when I sat down with Dr Omalu and ... he said to me, when he was a boy growing up in Nigeria all he ever wanted to be was an American, the thing that was a revelation for me with this is that is not really the big hits that are the problem, it's definitely an issue, but more the issue is the repetitive head trauma.