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Episode 09: Will Smith

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It's time to get jiggy with Hey, An Actor! as the podcast profiles The Fresh Prince himself: Will Smith. This month's trifecta includes the early career action blockbuster Bad Boys, romantic comedy Hitch, and the more sober entry of Seven Pounds. Which of these films causes the biggest disagreement The Brothers Wilson have yet to have on the show? Which film is the least memorable? And to what extent is Will Smith's career being hampered by his children? Not only that, but Ian has a new catchphrase, and Pandy unleashes a jingle odyssey. And would you put it past either brother for one of them to attempt a parody rap? [ 2:22:33 || 60.3 MB ]

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Sounds like you guys had a rougher time of it this month 'round than usual. I actually kind of wished you had gone after more acclaimed performaces like Ali or Pursuit of Happyness, but alas. I don't know if I'd say that Will Smith's popularity has declined necessarily. His kids have certainly been taking crap for the last couple of years, but I think the guy himself is still well loved by most people.

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Sounds like you guys had a rougher time of it this month 'round than usual. I actually kind of wished you had gone after more acclaimed performaces like Ali or Pursuit of Happyness, but alas. I don't know if I'd say that Will Smith's popularity has declined necessarily. His kids have certainly been taking crap for the last couple of years, but I think the guy himself is still well loved by most people.

I totally agree, the three films we covered aren't the best reflection of his filmography. I suppose this is the problem with a big star with our format of choosing films that only one of us has seen - we've both seen the best and want to get a good range from across their careers.

I agree though that people still like him a lot: he seems like genuinely lovely guy!

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I think it was just the luck of the draw this month - admittedly we did rule out 5 films of Smith's filmography, of which at least two may have been chosen (Men in Black/Wild Wild West) - but we chose 3 films at the various ends of his career. Admittedly, other films could have been picked, but we wanted to be true to the format. Hence no Ali/Pursuit of Happyness/Legend of Bagger Vance, on the basis that we couldn't fit them in.

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