Will Smith

Will Smith

Willard Carroll "Will" Smith Jr. (born September 15, 1968) is an American actor, producer, rapper, and songwriter. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards.

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As a child I watched 'Dallas' and that was my vision for my life for as long as I could remember.

Too many people spend money they haven't earned to buy things they don't want to impress people they don't like.

I've trained myself to illuminate the things in my personality that are likable and to hide and protect the things that are less likeable.

So if you stay ready you ain't gotta get ready and that is how I run my life.

I would have absolutely messed up 'The Matrix'.

In my mind I've always been an A-list Hollywood superstar. Y'all just didn't know yet.

The first time that I performed as an actor was the first day on the set of 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.'

I've always considered myself to be just average talent and what I have is a ridiculous insane obsessiveness for practice and preparation.

I don't necessarily believe in organized religion.

We all want to be in love and find that person who is going to love us no matter how our feet smell no matter how angry we get one day no matter the things we say that we don't mean.

I love being black in America and especially being black in Hollywood.

You can cry ain't no shame in it.

When I was growing up I installed refrigerators in supermarkets. My father was an electrical engineer.

In black neighborhoods everybody appreciated comedy about real life. In the white community fantasy was funnier. I started looking for the jokes that were equally hilarious across the board for totally different reasons.

Goofy was the word that was used most often by my sisters because I've been this tall ever since I was 12 years old.

Whatever your dream is every extra penny you have needs to be going to that.

Tommy Lee Jones is hilarious. I would say if you look at the body of his work the character he is most like is the one in 'The Fugitive.' That's how he talks and jokes. That is the type of energy he has.

Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.

I had a hit single on the radio for 30 days before I graduated from high school.

There's so much negative imagery of black fatherhood. I've got tons of friends that are doing the right thing by their kids and doing the right thing as a father - and how come that's not as newsworthy?

It's quite highly possible that I have peaked. I mean I just can't imagine what else I could do beyond this. It's really a bittersweet kind of feeling.

I'm a student of world religion so to me it's hugely important to have knowledge and to understand what people are doing.

Love is the ultimate theme but it's not just for women.

I want the world to be better because I was here.

If it was something that I really committed myself to I don't think there's anything that could stop me becoming President of the United States.

I've never really viewed myself as particularly talented. I've viewed myself as slightly above average in talent.

I had to focus and create a character in Bagger Vance not just do my 'Will Smith' thing and get paid.

The first step is you have to say that you can.

Life is lived on the edge.

I try to speak my points of view about black America and how I feel about black men and the role that black men should play in their lives with their children and in their lives with their women.

If you're not willing to work hard let someone else do it. I'd rather be with someone who does a horrible job but gives 110% than with someone who does a good job and gives 60%.

A rapper is about being completely true to yourself. Being an actor is about changing who you are.

I love producing. I am loving doing that. I think that is my most natural space in the business. I just love producing or editing and that's where I thrive.

When you create art the world has to wait.

I think with movies I am really connecting to the Joseph Campbell idea of the collective unconscious.

For me there is nothing more valuable than how people feel in a movie theater about a movie.

The things that have been most valuable to me I did not learn in school.

My skin is hard when it comes to my music. But with my movies I'm still a virgin in a lot of ways. I'm not used to being shot down for no reason.

I don't know what my calling is but I want to be here for a bigger reason. I strive to be like the greatest people who have ever lived.

And where I excel is ridiculous sickening work ethic. You know while the other guy's sleeping? I'm working.

I was raised in a Baptist household went to a Catholic church lived in a Jewish neighborhood and had the biggest crush on the Muslim girls from one neighborhood over.

Well all I know is what I read in the papers.

Money and success don't change people, they merely amplify what is already there.