Fame part of family businessfor Will,Jaden Smith
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M.— Will Smith has a new outlook onteenagers: Parents do indeed under-stand.The rapper-turned-actor says he’s“grown a lot” since writing theGrammy-winning 1988 hit thathumorously declared they didn’t.All three of his children now at leastdabble in music and acting, mostnotably 14-year-old Jaden, who starswith his father in the new sci-ﬁﬁlm“After Earth,” opening Friday. Even inthe midst of a globe-hopping promo-tional tour for the movie, Smith rec-ognizes the downside to making star-dom a family affair.“I think that the major risk of thisparticular business is strictly emotion-al,” he said in a recent interview. “Thebusiness has almost a narcotic quality.So it’s almost as if you’re introducing anarcotic into your kid’s life.“So for (wife) Jada (Pinkett Smith)and I, the most important thing is thatthey have to stay focused and groundedon the fact that they are giving. Youdon’t make movies for your ego. Youmake movies to transfer information,to bring joy, to add value to the world.”At an “After Earth” promotionalevent at the under-construction VirginGalactic spaceport in the New Mexicodesert, Smith does everything he canto playfully poke at his son’s ego.When Jaden loudly drops a water bot-tle during a TVinterview, he’s quicklyreprimanded: “You’re kidding, right?You’re kidding. That’s the most unpro-fessional thing I’ve seen you do.”Smith reaches over to shield hisson’s face from bright camera lights,taunting the teen as a “super megamovie star, towering over you like ashadow over you. And you’re living inhis shadow. And you’ve got to dointerviews in his shadow.”Jaden, obviously accustomed to theteasing, responds with calm confi-dence and some of dad’s hammyhumor, saying he lives “naturally” inthe spotlight.“You have to try to put your shadowon me,” said Jaden, who rode hisskateboard through a hall betweeninterviews. “But eventually your armgets tired and it falls away and you letme go back to my natural state.”His father nods in mock sincerity.“Oh that’s deep. You are a deep being,”he says.Their ﬁlm is set in a future wherenature has turned on humans and sur-vivors were forced to start a new civi-lization on another planet. Jadenplays a trainee trying to follow in thefootsteps of his father, a famous mili-tary leader played by Smith. When thetwo crash-land on an inhospitableEarth, Jaden’s character must provehis own abilities to survive, and savehis father in the process.“It is very allegorical in a way,right?” said screenwriter Gary Whitta,who developed the story with Smithand co-wrote the ﬁlm with director M.Night Shyamalan. “Jaden I’m surelooks up to Will and is like ‘Wow, mydad is like the biggest movie star inthe world. How can I ever live up tothat?’But he’s trying.”Smith, 44, and Jaden ﬁrst co-starredtogether in 2006’s “The Pursuit of Happyness.” Smith produced his son’shit 2010 remake of “The Karate Kid”with Jackie Chan, which made over$350 million worldwide.Smith said he wants his family to besuccessful in the entertainment industryacross generations, and has searchedHollywood history for models.“I’ve looked for a lot of years. TheBarrymores got really close to what Isee in my head for my family,” Smithsaid, referring to the clan of theatreand ﬁlm actors famed in the 1930s andnow represented by Drew Barrymore.
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This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
The Chicago World’s Fair, celebrating“ACentury of Progress,” ofﬁciallyopened. Walt Disney’s AcademyAward-winning animated short “TheThree Little Pigs” was ﬁrst released.
“Every new opinion,at its starting,is precisely in a minority of one.”
— Thomas Carlyle,Scottish critic and historian (1795-1881).
Actor LouisGossett Jr.is 77Actor EthanDampf is 19.
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U.S.Rep.Jackie Speier helps a local Cub Scout plant a ﬂag for a fallen veteran at the Golden Gate National Cemetery in SanBruno Saturday as part of annual Memorial Day ceremonies.
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1, Chief Justice Roger Taney, sitting as a federal cir-cuit court judge in Baltimore, ruled that President AbrahamLincoln lacked the authority to suspend the writ of habeascorpus (Lincoln disregarded the ruling).
, 255 people were killed when a tornado struck St.Louis, Mo., and East St. Louis, Ill.
, Charles A. Lindbergh Jr. married Anne Morrow inEnglewood, N.J.
, the Supreme Court struck down the NationalIndustrial Recovery Act.
, the Cunard liner RMS Queen Mary left England onits maiden voyage to New York.
, the newly completed Golden Gate Bridge con-necting San Francisco and Marin County, was opened topedestrians (vehicles began crossing the next day).
, the British Royal Navy sank the German battle-ship Bismarck off France, with a loss of some 2,000 lives,three days after the Bismarck sank the HMS Hood.
, Navy Cook 3rd Class Doris “Dorie” Millerbecame the ﬁrst African-American to receive the Navy Crossfor his “extraordinary courage and disregard for his own per-sonal safety” during Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.
, a dump ﬁre in Centralia, Pa., ignited a blaze inunderground coal deposits that continues to burn this day.
, independent India’s first prime minister,Jawaharlal Nehru, died.
, in Beijing, representatives of Britain and Chinaexchanged instruments of ratiﬁcation for an accord return-ing Hong Kong to Chinese control in 1997.
Ten years ago:
Two Iraqis shot and killed two Americansoldiers in Fallujah (fuh-LOO’-juh), a hotbed of support forSaddam Hussein.Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Herman Wouk (wohk) is 98.Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is 90. Actress LeeMeriwether is 78. Musician Ramsey Lewis is 78. Countrysinger Don Williams is 74. Singer Bruce Cockburn (KOH’-burn) is 68. Actor Richard Schiff is 58. Rock singer-musicianNeil Finn (The Finn Brothers) is 55. Actress Cathy Silvers is52. Comedian Adam Carolla is 49. Actor Todd Bridges is 48.Actor Dondre Whitﬁeld is 44. Actor Paul Bettany is 42. Rocksinger-musician Brian Desveaux (Nine Days) is 42. RapperAndre 3000 (Outkast) is 38. Rapper Jadakiss is 38. TVchef Jamie Oliver is 38. Actor-singer Chris Colfer is 23.
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