Will Smith has revealed that he always wanted to “teach filmmaking” after having a stellar career.
The renowned star shared that he might teach a new generation of filmmakers.
During an hour-long discussion on Saturday night at the Red Sea International Film Festival in Jeddah, Will said, “The thing I am really excited about now is the transfer of knowledge. I really want to teach filmmaking.”
He added, “What is exciting about Saudi Arabia is that it is a brand-new film community. There is a style of global storytelling that has travelled the world. I understand about taking local stories and making them global. I have a deep faith in the power of sharing our stories together to help heal wounds.”
Will continued, “The next stage of my life will be about working in global collaboration about sharing our stories in a way that creates bridges. I don’t feel that politics will create the necessary change.”
The Pursuit of Happyness star also revealed the secret of “finding love and joy in” movies during the same discussion.
He explained, “Movies are about people trying to figure out how to be here without being miserable – how to be okay with life, how to not just survive but how to thrive into this potential existential tragedy that we have all been dropped into,” he said, adding: “How do we find love and joy in all that.”
Will Smith sings praise for Tommy Lee Jones, Gene Hackman:
At the event, Will Smith was asked to name his favorite mentors, he credited Tommy Lee Jones and Gene Hackman for inspiring him to become an actor.
Will noted, “That was the first realization that I could use everything I need around a single project. Those two actors made me realize that I was totally outmatched, and they inspired me to elevate my craft as an actor.”
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