Will Smith’s new movie, Collateral Beauty was filmed while his father, William Carroll Smith, was dying. He sat down with Ellen DeGeneres on Ellen Thursday to discuss the tough time and, ironically, how it helped him heal:
“What was really interesting was that I got the screenplay right when my father was diagnosed. So I have this screenplay and I’m doing all of this research about a guy who experiences death at a time when my father is given six weeks.” He goes on: “But it turned out to be such an amazing thing to have to work through and go through all of this… The performance for me and the movie for me are so deeply personal. He passed about a month ago, but it was so beautiful to have the opportunity and to share this and to go and not hide from it.”
Collateral Beauty opens next Friday, December 16th.