Will Smith Speaks On Dad’s Death For 1st Time, Reveals What Helped Him Cope

Posted On : December 10, 2016

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In case you haven’t heard by now, Will Smith’s father, Willard Carroll Smith, Sr. passed away in early November (2016) and ever since then Will Jr. has been silently grieving away from the media, understandably so.

He’s now in the pubic’s eye again, promoting his upcoming film, “Collateral Damage.” In doing so, he spoke about his dad’s death for the first time publicly and recalled how he dealt with his pain during a Q&A session on Facebook Live the other day.
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Will revealed that he learned his Dad had cancer just as filming began for “Collateral Damage” and the one thing that helped him get through his extreme grief was filming the movie. Why? Because in the film, Will plays a father who loses his daughter, and Will said that filming those scenes is what ultimately helped him to open up with his Dad and it helped his Father’s transition something “beautiful,” as opposed to how horrific it would have been for him pain had he not been dealing with those emotions in the months prior during filming.

Watch the clip above of Will explaining what he had to deal with throughout the process (you can se the full interview below)…


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Smith: “My father was in the military, so everything was really regimented. [...] He was very serious about things being a certain way. When my father got out of the Air Force, he started his own refrigeration business. I might have been 12 and my brother 9 when one day he decided he wanted a new front wall at his shop. He tore the old one down — it was probably 16 feet high and 40 feet long. And he told us that this was going to be our gig over the summer. We were standing there thinking, There will never, ever, be a wall here again.
We went brick by brick for the entire summer and into winter and then back into spring. One day there was a wall there again. I know my dad had been planning this for a long time. He said, ‘Now, don’t you all ever tell me there’s something you can’t do.’ And he walked into the shop. The thing I connect to is: I do not have to build a perfect wall today. I just have to lay a perfect brick. Just lay one brick, dude.” - Will Smith, source
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