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Will Smith's Most Painful Failure of His Career Was 'After Earth'

Will Smith's Most Painful Failure of His Career Was 'After Earth'

Will Smith is looking pretty hunky on the cover of Esquire‘s March 2015 issue, on newsstands February 17.

Here is what the 46-year-old actor had to share with the mag:

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. After Earth comes out, I get the box-office numbers on Monday and I was devastated for about twenty-four minutes, and then my phone rang and I found out my father had cancer. That put it in perspective—viciously. And I went right downstairs and got on the treadmill. And I was on the treadmill for about ninety minutes. And that Monday started the new phase of my life, a new concept: Only love is going to fill that hole. You can’t win enough, you can’t have enough money, you can’t succeed enough. There is not enough. The only thing that will ever satiate that existential thirst is love. And I just remember that day I made the shift from wanting to be a winner to wanting to have the most powerful, deep, and beautiful relationships I could possibly have.”

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.”

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  • forrest gump

    joining the scientology business, second best!!

  • whatsup

    It was painful to watch.

  • smokeskater

    At least he is honest, and also I like his answer to it as well.

  • Christopher I. Gomes

    You better preach Will. I had the same feeling after I graduated college. I thought, well; what else? You have to find more to life than existential, superficial success. I have tried to find some solutions within the last 2 months. I am a work in progress. But I totally get what he is saying.

  • 55vineyard

    I like him as an actor in some of his movies, he is good when he is on.
    I disagree with him about guns, although we had a handgun we never used it, on the other hand we owned about 3-4 shotguns and we used those to go hunt birds like Canada geese, quail, dove.

  • lOsT

    Great artist with great charisma and talent. He just needs to leave his son out from his movies. That kid is so annoying.