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Will Smith having good time with ‘After Earth’

Updated: July 8, 2013 6:14AM



His trademark line in any summer movie is “Aw, hell no!”

But when Will Smith worked with his son Jaden in the new film “After Earth,” it was definitely an “aw, hell yes” moment.

“He doesn’t ask me for much advice,” Smith says. “Jaden is the kind of actor who really digs deep and knows what he wants to do when he gets to the set. Jaden is completely in character on a set. I’m one proud dad.”

Smith, now 44, and his son are saving what’s left of the world in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film. A crash landing leaves Kitai Raige (Jaden) and his father, Cypher (Will), stranded on Earth. That’s bad news, because it’s 1,000 years into the future, and no one lives here anymore after humans had to escape the planet.

But Cypher is hurt, and they have to signal for a rescue. Smith was looking for a sci-fi epic.

“I was 11 when I saw ‘Star Wars’ for the first time, and that was it for me. My mind was blown,” he says. “I wanted ‘After Earth’ to be the perfect collision of art, entertainment and education.”

He said he wanted to delve into environmental issues but they were a bit foreign to him. “I grew up in the concrete jungle,” Smith says. “It seemed normal that 80 percent of my environment was concrete so this movie was a huge eye-opener for me about what it meant to treat nature in the right way. I didn’t realize that a tree is delicate and an ecosystem is so fragile.”

His eyes are open now.

“We have to take these environmental issues seriously,” Smith says. “It’s something we need to put at the top of our focus. For instance, you can’t ignore how these weather patterns have changed in the last
60 years. I also believe that the exploration of space is a necessity.”

He had his space from Hollywood during an extended break to help with the kids while his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, worked. “I was daddying and husbanding,” he says. “There was a point where everyone said, ‘Dad, look at that pile of scripts for you. Get back to work.’ ”

Aw hell, yes.

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