Above is a photo of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith at the premiere of his new movie, Concussion, for which he’s getting Oscar buzz. Jada wore this insane see-through sequin Zuhair Murad gown that Will is admiring. She’s about to rip the skirt off so it won’t trip her up when she does a double axle. This isn’t the first time that Jada has worn an obvious “look at me” outfit to one of Will’s events. Just last week she got her boobs out at the Latin Grammys, where Will performed, in yet another sheer and silver sequin dress.
Will has been fielding questions about his marriage, and he and Jada have put a lot out there about their relationship so that’s to be expected. When asked for the “secret” to his 20 year marriage Will said it’s hard work, basically.
“We’ve been married 20 years and we’ve been asking ourselves [what’s the secret to marriage] and really at the end of the day it’s just not quitting,” the 47-year-old actor said of Pinkett Smith, who he first started dating in 1995 and then married two years later. “You can’t expect it to be easy, it’s like our marriage was the most difficult, grueling, excruciating thing that we have ever taken on in our lives. And you know were just not quitters and by the same token we’re not apathetic. We’re not going to sit there and let it be painful, we’re going to keep working.”
“If there is a secret I would say is that we never went into working our relationship. We only ever worked on ourselves individually, and then presented ourselves to one another better than we were previously.”
I could shade Will for this because a lot of people think long term relationships should be “easy,” but when you have two strong-willed highly motivated people like this I don’t doubt that they clash. At least he’s being honest, although he doesn’t sound too positive about it. I don’t really understand how he could say that they never worked on their relationship together and only “worked on ourselves individually, and then presented ourselves to one another better than we were previously.” Maybe that works for them, or doesn’t work depending on what is going on behind the scenes, but what about learning to communicate and work things out? It sounds like they just avoid each other for a while and get back together when they’ve had enough alone time. That’s pretty much the impression I’ve had of their relationship.
Will has several more interviews promoting Concussion, based on the true story of a forensic doctor who fought the NFL to bring awareness to the epidemic of traumatic brain injury among football players. It’s out on Christmas. GQ has a cute video interview in which he describes his worst 80s fashion fail, a half-shirt on Fresh Prince, and also talks about one of his son’s fashion moments, where Jaden wore a batman suit to a girl’s prom. Will explained that Jada talked their son into at least wearing a tie with it, “so I blame his mother.”
Spoilers for Django Unchained
Oh and a lot of outlets are talking about Will revealing that he turned down the lead in Django Unchained because he wanted to make it more of a love story than a revenge tale and Tarantino wasn’t on board. Will said this during The Hollywood Reporter’s Actors Roundtable discussion, but Forbes points out that this is actually the second explanation he’s given for not taking that role. Back when promoting After Earth (ha), Will said he didn’t do Django because Christoph Waltz’s bounty hunter character got to be the hero and kill the bad guy, not his intended slavecharacter, who was ultimately played by Jamie Foxx. It just sounds like he tried to tell Tarantino how to make his movie and Tarantino wasn’t having it. I can’t imagine Will Smith in that role anyway, Jamie Foxx was so impressive.
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