“I am attracted to characters who have a higher calling”: Will Smith Said He Only Wants to Play Noble Characters, 1 Year Later He Starred in One of the Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made

"I am attracted to characters who have a higher calling": Will Smith Said He Only Wants to Play Noble Characters, 1 Year Later He Starred in One of the Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made
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Will Smith has had a consistent career in Hollywood and is one of the few actors that are labeled as ‘movie stars’. He has starred in many successful blockbusters while also participating in dramatic roles that show his versatility as an actor. Although his 2022 Oscar incident derailed his reputation and significantly affected his career, he is trying to regain his good image and continue his career as an actor, despite backlash from some sections of the audience.

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Before the incident, he was a respected actor known for starring in diverse projects ranging from biographies like Ali (2001) Concussion (2015), the dramas The Pursuit of Happiness (2006), King Richard (2021), and the blockbuster franchises Men in Black (1997-2012) and Bad Boys (1995-present). His approach to acting and the kind of roles he resonates with is reflected in an interview from 2015.

Will Smith Likes to Portray Characters That Leave a Positive Impact

Will Smith in King Richard
Will Smith in King Richard

In an interview with Esquire magazine in 2015, Will Smith talked about his start in the industry, his career, his most important films, and his approach to taking up roles. Talking about the kind of impact that one should leave with the work they do, he said,

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  “The quality of your life was determined by the quality of your service. I’m attracted to characters who have a higher calling, who want to serve in ways where you get beyond the comfortable service and you get into the space of the sacrificial. And I really am attracted to characters who just want to do things that brighten the world” 

Smith also emphasizes the need to have fun and enjoy the work process and to find a healthy balance between one’s personal and professional life.

Also read: “Lying and loving don’t go together”: Will Smith’s Controversial Views On Marriage Did Not Age Well As Actor Claimed “You don’t necessarily need to be a good husband”

Will Smith has Mostly Stuck to his Principles of Portraying Positive Characters

Will Smith
Will Smith

Throughout his career, Will Smith has played mostly characters who are trying to bring positivity and peace to an otherwise cynical world. His characters usually are emotionally driven to fight for a good cause and constantly struggle against all odds to achieve their passions and desires.

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His films like Ali (2001) Concussion (2015), The Pursuit of Happiness (2006), King Richard (2021), and Emancipation (2022) all feature characters that are strong-willed and fighting for something worth fighting for. They strive for peace and positivity and are emotionally grounded in their journey to get rid of the injustices of the world.

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Will Smith’s Career Derailed in the 2020s

The Infamous Oscar Slap
The Infamous Oscar Slap

Although he tasted success with films like Suicide Squad (2016), Aladdin (2019), and Bad Boys For Life (2020), Will Smith’s career was hampered due to the controversy at the 2022 Oscars where he slapped comedian Chris Rock. His good-guy image would be shattered and his reputation deteriorated immediately even though he won an Oscar that year for King Richard.

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He will be returning for the fourth Bad Boys film in 2024.

Also read: “We talked about his son Jaden’s acting career”: Will Smith Convinced M. Night Shyamalan for $243M Movie That Embarrassed Jaden Smith So Bad He Wanted to Emancipate

Source: Esquire Magazine

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Written by Rahul Thokchom

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Rahul Thokchom is a senior content writer at Fandomwire who is passionate about covering the world of pop culture and entertainment. He has a Masters Degree in English that contributes to the richness and creativity in his works.