Will Smith started his career in television on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” but he moved on to be a top selling artist and box office favorite in productions like “I Robot”, the “Men in Black” trilogy and “The Pursuit of Happyness”.
In between hit albums and box office smashes, he fathered three children, Trey, Jaden and Willow. Trey is the child of Will Smith and Sheree Zampino while Jaden and Willow are his children with current wife, Jada Pinkett. Jaden Smith has been making the news with his father lately, as a backup on stage for musical performances with his father and as his co-star in “After Earth”.
“After Earth” is a sci-fy thriller that takes place on Earth after it has been abandoned by humans. Will Smith plays the part of Cypher who was traveling in space with his son Kitai. The two crash land on Earth after a malfunction with the ship and have to brave a now unfamiliar planet to survive. When humans left the planet 1000 years before, the animals evolved and the wild took over. To complicate matters even more, there is a dangerous alien that escaped the ship when it crashed. Neither Cypher nor Kitai have ever encountered anything like the peril they landed in. Cypher is incapacitated due to a serious injury sustained during the crash landing, leaving him unable to travel the distance he has to cover to send an SOS. It is up to the teenage boy, Kitai, to make the trip he needs to make to signal for help. The film was directed by M Night Shyamalan.
In an interview, Jaden revealed that he liked the locations he went to in filming the scenes with overgrown vegetation and wild life. He stated he was a little scared of the snakes. Will Smith said it poses unique challenges to work with someone he is related to verses working with someone else. He said it could be difficult at times, trying to be the parent and the co-star. He added there is a balance in which he had to act as coach and as the father.
On his son’s choice of acting as a career, Smith said it is something he can be a huge help in. Smith went on to explain that he finds it less scary for Jaden to act than to have a different career choice because he can help him. He added that he has several professional relationships with other actors and well-known filmmakers that will help his son in his acting career.
This is not the first time Will Smith has starred in a movie featuring one of his children. Jaden also starred with Smith in “The Pursuit of Happyness” and Willow was seen as Smith’s daughter in “I Am Legend”.
Will and Jaden also appeared together recently in Killeen, Texas, where they performed “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” for a group of unsuspecting military personnel. The appearance was to promote the opening of “After Earth”. Another musical performance for the pair occurred on the Graham Norton Show when they appeared with DJ Jazzy Jeff to perform the theme song for “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”.
Will Smith has let it be known that he may be getting out of box office film making to pursue independent films. This may mean that the days of he and Jayden being seen in movies together are numbered.