During a conversation on Saturday at the Red Sea International Film Festival in Saudi Arabia, Will Smith candidly talked about his feelings regarding fame. The 55-year-old Academy Award winner discussed his goals for himself and his relationship with fame in light of the “adversities of the last couple of years.”
Smith described fame as a special challenge, acknowledging its unique qualities. He underlined the need for prudence in a video that Deadline posted online, stressing that “Fame is a unique monster.”
He emphasized how crucial it is to avoid allowing praise to cause overexcitement and warned that when criticism is received, the highs that come from receiving a compliment can quickly descend into even lower lows.
Will Smith shares views on life and work
The ‘Emancipation’ actor talked about how his past failures have taught him important lessons and emphasized the need to know who he is and what he wants out of life.
He emphasized the significance of remaining dedicated to his goals without depending on outside validation. Smith reiterated his steadfast dedication to having a positive influence on the world, hoping to make people happy and inspired while also making them smile.
Nonetheless, he acknowledged throughout the talk that he is still working to perfect his virtues and that he is a flawed human being. Smith emphasized the continuous process of developing his morals and character, crediting humility and inspiration as motivators.
He said that honing his craft and making as many people’s lives as possible better would be the focus of the next phase of his life.
Will Smith shares an update on ‘I Am Legend’ follow-up
At the festival, Will Smith talked about the upcoming follow-up to his 2007 hit film ‘I Am Legend’ during a Q&A session.
Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman previously hinted at the sequel’s “endless possibilities.” Michael B. Jordan will star in the project; Smith revealed that he had a “call” with Jordan following the announcement of the sequel in March 2022. It is said that the two actors will co-produce the movie.
The script had just arrived, Smith said, and he might be giving away “too much information.” He clarified that although his character perished in the theatrical release of the original movie, a different ending could be found on the DVD.
The sequel’s development team has chosen to stick to the DVD version’s mythology. Michael B. Jordan’s involvement was confirmed by Smith, who concluded by saying, “We’re doing it.”
Smith has revealed that the alternate ending included in the DVD release for the 2007 post-apocalyptic sci-fi film ‘I Am Legend’—in which his character lives—will serve as the basis for the film’s sequel instead of the theatrical version, which depicts his character’s death. In terms of the follow-up, Smith stated, “We’re really close. The script just came in.”
He pointed out that while his character dies in the original theatrical version, there is an alternate ending on the DVD in which his character survives, and the sequel will presumably continue the mythology. Smith continued, “I can’t tell you anything more, but Michael B. Jordan is in.”
Smith revealed at the festival that he and Martin Lawrence, his co-star, will be back for Bad Boys 4. There is currently no official release date for the sequel I Am Legend 2.
“I Am Legend” will be true to the novel
The new film is supposed to be more true to the 1954 novel that “I Am Legend” is based on, in addition to carrying over from the alternate ending.
Neville faces off against more conventional vampires in Richard Matheson’s book of the same name, which takes place after a pandemic turns people into bloodsucking monsters. Indeed, they even have a fear of garlic.
It may sound corny, but the story also explored what the world looked like when humans were exterminated.