Will Smith Talks Playing Anti-Superhero ‘Hancock’
First Published: July 3, 2008 5:07 PM EDT Credit:
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Will Smith usually plays the hero in his summer blockbusters. But in “Hancock,” he drinks, swears, mouths off — and goes to prison.
Smith’s role as a superhero-gone-bad could be jarring to some moviegoers — but not his children and wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
“Fortunately, our kids are in the business so they kind of understand,” the 39-year-old actor told Associated Press Television News at the red-carpet premiere of the film. “But it is such a bizarre shock for them to see daddy being mean. It was fantastic in our house.”
The Hollywood couple’s son, Jaden, co-starred with Smith in 2006’s “The Pursuit of Happyness”; daughter Willow can now be seen in the family flick “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl.”
Smith’s 15-year-old son, Trey, is from his previous marriage.
Pinkett Smith, 36, said the children were unfazed by Hancock’s in-prison therapy sessions.
“The unfortunate part is that they know all about rehab because of (our) family members, so it wasn’t a foreign concept to them,” she said. “They totally understand and got it.”
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