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Will Smith: ‘I wanted to play roles that you would give to Tom Cruise’


Will Smith has been very careful with his film career.

The actor, 53, told the November issue of British GQ that he went for more mainstream roles like Independence Day, Hitch and Aladdin so he could ‘depict black excellence alongside my white counterparts,’ said the star.

‘I wanted to play roles that you would give to Tom Cruise,’ added the husband of Jada Pinkett Smith. ‘I wanted to be a superhero.’

Intentional: Will Smith has been very careful with his film career. The actor, 53, told the November issue of British GQ that he went for more mainstream roles like Independence Day, Hitch and Aladdin so he could ‘depict black excellence alongside my white counterparts,’ said the star

The November issue of British GQ is available via digital download and on newsstands on Friday October 1. 

And the former TV comedian avoided films about slavery. 

‘In the early part of my career… I didn’t want to show Black people in that light…. And the first time I considered it was Django. But I didn’t want to make a slavery film about vengeance,’ added the former rapper.

He is referring to the Quentin Tarantino directed action film Django Unchained that came out in 2012 and starred Jamie Foxx and Samuel L Jackson. 

A list man: 'I wanted to play roles that you would give to Tom Cruise,' added the husband of Jada Pinkett Smith. 'I wanted to be a superhero'

A list man: ‘I wanted to play roles that you would give to Tom Cruise,’ added the husband of Jada Pinkett Smith. ‘I wanted to be a superhero’

Smith is going to star next in Emancipation.

The story is about a runaway slave who forges through the swamps of Louisiana on a tortuous journey to escape plantation owners that nearly killed him. The director is Antoine Fuqua. 

And Smith brought up Cruise again in his GQ interview when he said he is happy to be there for his friends no matter what the hour. 

‘That was the thing even with Tom [Cruise]. Tom and I became friends in the middle of his public difficulties,’ said Will, referring to his odd behavior around his romance then marriage to Katie Holmes.

A good pal: And he brought up Cruise again in his GQ interview when he said he is happy to be there for his friends no matter what the hour. 'That was the thing even with Tom [Cruise]. Tom and I became friends in the middle of his public difficulties,' said Will, referring to his odd behavior around his romance then marriage to Katie Holmes. Seen in 2004

A good pal: And he brought up Cruise again in his GQ interview when he said he is happy to be there for his friends no matter what the hour. ‘That was the thing even with Tom [Cruise]. Tom and I became friends in the middle of his public difficulties,’ said Will, referring to his odd behavior around his romance then marriage to Katie Holmes. Seen in 2004 

Call me at 2 am! 'That's when I want to be there. If everything is great, call somebody else. Call me when you need help. I love it. I love being the 2am emergency phone call.' Seen in 2007

Call me at 2 am! ‘That’s when I want to be there. If everything is great, call somebody else. Call me when you need help. I love it. I love being the 2am emergency phone call.’ Seen in 2007

‘That’s when I want to be there. If everything is great, call somebody else. Call me when you need help. I love it. I love being the 2am emergency phone call,’ joked the Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air star.

Will also had something to say about Defund the Police.  

‘Let’s argue less about certain things and pay attention to the big ripe fruit,’ he shared. 

‘So “Abolish the police. Defund the police.” I would love if we would just say “Defund the bad police.” It’s almost like I want, as black Americans, for us to change our marketing for the new position we’re in. So “critical race theory,” just call it “truth theory.”‘

He added that it is a ‘difficult area to discuss,’ but he feels like the simplicity of Black Lives Matter was perfect.

His lovely lady: Will has been wed to Jada Pinkett Smith since 1997

His lovely lady: Will has been wed to Jada Pinkett Smith since 1997

‘Anybody who tries to debate Black Lives Matter looks ridiculous. … From a standpoint of getting it done, “Black Lives Matter” gets it done. “Defund the police” doesn’t get it done, no matter how good the ideas are.’   

And the star also has a new memoir coming out called Will. Inside he discusses his difficult relationship with his father.

‘I felt like a combination of having completed some phase of my life and also with my father dying,’ he shared.

She has a big hit on her hands: Jada is the star of Red Table Talk; on the show with her often are daughter Willow and mom Adrienne Banfield-Norris

She has a big hit on her hands: Jada is the star of Red Table Talk; on the show with her often are daughter Willow and mom Adrienne Banfield-Norris

‘I just never would’ve been able to say this stuff about my father beating up my mother. I never would’ve been able to talk about that while he was alive.’ 

As far as social media, which his children Willow and Jaden excel at, Smith said: ‘It’s such a powerful way for me to keep in touch with people and, creatively, what the next thing is about to be. The next phase of my life is going to be the most creative and expansive of my entire life and career.’      

See the full feature in the November issue of British GQ available via digital download and on newsstands Friday October 1.



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