I have always loved sci-fi films: Will Smith
After pursuing happiness, Will Smith turns 'legend'. Princy Jain speaks to the Hollywood actor about his film I Am Legend.india Updated: Dec 12, 2007 18:52 IST
In your latest film,
I am Legend, you play the last surviving man in New York. Do you relate to the character?
Neville is exactly the opposite. But you know opposites attract. He is the last man in NY, or may be on planet, while I have, in fact, very rarely felt alone.
I grew up with three-dozen sisters in a three-bedroom-house. My grandmother was a devout Christian, so we were drilled as kids with the idea that you are not alone. So, the spiritual and physical loneliness and the ideas of hope and fear, were themes that were exciting to explore.
You seem to like the sci-fi genre..
I have always loved sci-fi. In this film, the concentration is on the character and the story. The special effects are added bonus.
Is it more challenging to do a solo film?
I've done a lot of special effects films. My experience has made me feel comfortable in those situations. When you have the external stimulus, it directs your actions, but if no one is there, that external stimulus has to be replaced by what your mind stimulates. It is such a wonderful acting exercise.
You acted alongside your son, Jaden in
Pursuit of Happyness, and now your daughter makes her debut with this film.
Jaden had a lot of fun doing
... but my daughter: Willow, was left behind. She wasn't happy about that at all. There was a role for a daughter in this script, in the pre-apocalyptic section where I'm trying to get my family out of New York.
So, you encourage your children to be part of your films?
It's kind of family business, so everyone does it.
How much time do you devote to music now?
No music at all. As an actor I'm growing with every project so I can't take my focus away right now.
Are you also planning to write some scripts or produce one?
Akiva Goldsman and I have been working on a project. We're looking at it in terms of a team sport and not like old school where only a director makes a movie. You put together a team and you go out as a team and try to win.