The Men in Black are back. After a hiatus of four years, Hollywood’s most dependable star Will Smith is back on screen as Agent J in the third installment of the blockbuster Men in Black franchise (the first two films grossed over a billion dollars worldwide), that releases worldwide on May 25.
He chats about Agent J and the perils of superstardom on The Front Row on Star World on Sunday, 12.30pm.
What was the hardest thing about becoming J again after 10 years?
When I made the last one, I was 32 and I made this one at 42. There was a stunt involving jumping out of a window, but I don’t think I’m going to do that anymore.
So MIB 4 is not going to happen?
Yes, we’ll make the movie but there’s not going to be too much jumping out of the windows.
Your kids have already embarked on careers in showbiz. How do you keep them connected to creativity and disconnected from the peripherals?
We try to keep the home as a place where there’s no potential artistic failure. So you can do what you want and create the things you want without fear of judgment.
Marlon Brando had said in an interview that too much success can ruin you as surely as too much failure. As one of the most successful people on the planet, do you see any truth in that?
Anytime you inject extremes into the universe you can expect extremes to come back. I think that one of the best pieces of advice I ever got was — ‘don’t let your success go to your head and don’t let failure go to your heart’.