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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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Jaden Smith Only Owns One Pair of Shoes, Doesn't Want to Be a 'Slave to Money'

Jaden Smith gets ready to catch a flight out of LAX on Wednesday afternoon (February 11) in Los Angeles.

The 16-year-old actor’s dad Will recently revealed to Esquire that Jaden only owns one pair of shoes, three pairs of pants, and five shirts.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Jaden Smith

“He has refused to be a slave to money,” Will told the magazine. “I so respect that. The younger generation is less of an ownership generation, anyway. And it’s such an interesting thing to watch, because I came from a middle-class background, but, you know, our lights and gas would be cut off from not paying the bill. I grew up in a house where you would need the kerosene heaters in the winter in case the bills didn’t get paid.”

He continued, saying: “And he’s from the complete other end of the spectrum. And it’s so interesting to me that from growing up in that space, he could see the need for things in a way that he’s rejecting. He’s like, ‘I’m not gonna let myself need things in that way’ — but I would like him to get another pair of shoes.”

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Will Smith & Margot Robbie Offer Up Info About 'Suicide Squad'

Margot Robbie and Will Smith pose together on the red carpet at the premiere of their film Focus held at the Vue West End on Wednesday (February 11) in London, England.

The duo will also be starring in the upcoming film Suicide Squad - Margot as Harley Quinn and Will as Deadshot. They recently dished some info about starting up production.

“[Director David Ayer] turned the screenplay in before Christmas. What happens is Hollywood shuts down. But he was still working and he wanted to (start shooting) April 13th. So it takes a couple weeks to gear back up at the top of the year and people have taken (other) movies. He’s moving really quickly,” Will told USA Today.

Margot added, “It’s almost impossible to get a movie all together when there are two main cast members, let alone an ensemble cast with everyone’s schedules. It’s crazy if it works out.”

They also talked about Tom Hardy leaving the movie. “This happens all the time,” Margot said. “People act like, ‘Oh my god, the movie must be ending!’ It’s just the deal with movies…a lot of the characters haven’t been portrayed before so it’s a pretty big undertaking.”

FYI: Margot is wearing a Marni outfit.

20+ pictures inside of Margot Robbie and Will Smith at their premiere… More Here! »

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Margot Robbie Didn't Sleep For Two Days Before 'Focus' Audition

Margot Robbie rocks skintight leather pants while arriving at LAX Airport on Monday (February 9) in Los Angeles.

On the same day, the 24-year-old Australian actress’ Focus co-star Will Smith was also spotted arriving at the same airport.

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Margot recently opened about her audition for Focus.

“It was 6 in the morning. I’d been swimming, and I got the call saying, ‘Oh, yeah. You need to be doing an audition with Will Smith like tomorrow in New York. So your flight’s booked for tonight.’ And I was like, ‘Tonight? Oh, my God.’ I asked the lady at the hostel I was staying at, ‘Oh, how do I get off this island? I need to go to the mainland.’ And she was like, ‘Oh, there’s only one boat a day, and it leaves in 20 minutes.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, my God,’” Margot shared to the press.

She added, “[I] grabbed all my stuff. Left half of it probably in the hostel … got to the airport. Waited eight hours, and then I went to France, and then I went to New York. And by the time I got to New York, I’d now not slept for, like, well over two days.”

FYI: Margot is wearing alice + olivia leather pants.

20+ pictures inside of Margot Robbie and Will Smith arriving at LAX Airport… More Here! »

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Will Smith & Taye Diggs Suit Up at NAACP Image Awards 2015

Will Smith looks so dapper while presenting an award on stage at the 2015 NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Friday evening (February 6) in Pasadena, Calif.

The 46-year-old actor presented the award for Outstanding Motion Picture to Selma.

Also in attendance at the show were Taye Diggs (with girlfriend Amanza Smith Brown), Get On Up‘s Chadwick Boseman, Resurrection‘s Omar Epps (with wife Keisha), Criminal Minds‘ winner Shemar Moore, True Blood‘s Mehcad Brooks, and singer Aloe Blacc (with wife Maya Jupiter).

Spike Lee
was presented with the NAACP President’s Award at the event in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service.

30+ pictures inside of Will Smith and others attending the awards show… More Here! »

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Will Smith & Jimmy Fallon Beatbox 'It Takes Two' on 'The Tonight Show' - Watch Now!

Will Smith grabs a mic while making an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday (February 5) in Los Angeles.

The 46-year-old actor teamed up with Jimmy to make a beatbox loop using an iPad app to sing “It Takes Two” by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock – Check it out below!

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During the show, Will also talked about disciplining his two kids Jaden, 16, and Willow, 14, and promoted his latest movie Focus, which is set to hit theaters everywhere on Friday (February 27).


Will Smith & Jimmy Fallon Beatbox ‘It Takes Two’

FYI: Will is wearing a Berluti outfit.

Click inside to watch the rest of Will Smith‘s appearance on The Tonight ShowMore Here! »

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Will Smith Plays a Game of Charades & Tries to Guess His Own Films - Watch Now!

Will Smith is all smiles while taking a moment to pose for a photograph on the set of Despierta America on Wednesday (February 4) in Miami, Fla.

The 46-year-old actor talked about his latest movie Focus and also took part in a game of charades, where he had to guess the names of his own films – Watch the funny clip below!

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Will Smith

Focus, which also stars Margot Robbie and Rodrigo Santoro, is set to hit theaters everywhere on Friday (February 27) – Check out the trailer here!


Will Smith Plays Charades on ‘Despierta America’

FYI: Will is wearing a Berluti outfit.

10+ pictures inside of Will Smith visiting Despierta AmericaMore Here! »

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