allymcfassy (sbnouche) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Will Smith covers GQ magazine

GQ’s November cover star is Will Smith.

  • Has a weird new face without his usual goatee.

  • Talks about his 2 new projets tackling racial themes, Emancipation (an Apple TV+ project that tells the story of “Whipped Peter,” a runaway slave who emancipated himself from a southern plantation) and King Richard (in which he portrays Richard Williams, the eccentric, hard-nosed father of Venus and Serena.)

“I’ve always avoided making films about slavery,” [...] “In the early part of my career… I didn’t want to show Black people in that light. I wanted to be a superhero. So I wanted to depict Black excellence alongside my white counterparts. I wanted to play roles that you would give to Tom Cruise.”

  • Talks about his memoirs that will reveal a lot apparently, including "new information about his troubled relationship with his father, his adventures in self-actualization during what he calls “the f*ck-it 50s,” and the ups and downs of his relationship with Jada." The co-author is Mark Manson, author of the mega best seller and turd, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.

  • The book made him reminisce about his family and violent episodes with his abusive father.

  • As part of the so-called "f*ck-it 50s": went to Utah and sat in solitude for 14 days, traveled to Peru for more than a dozen ayahuasca rituals, discussed the idea of a harem of 20 girlfriends (including Halle Berry and Misty Copeland) with an intimacy coach.

  • Mentions his embracing of social media as another storytelling experiment and takes advices from Liza Koshy.

  • Talks about his relationship with Jada, most notably the many compromises Jada made during their wedding (including doing a traditional wedding ceremony, buying a 256-acre family home she did not like, turning down an opportunity with her band to open for Guns N’ Roses)

  • Also talks about the period of non-monogamy in their marriage, discussed in the infamous Red Table Talk.

“The public has a narrative that is impenetrable,” Smith said. “Once the public decides something, it’s difficult to impossible to dislodge the pictures and ideas and perceptions.” Because the impetus for the Red Table Talk was Alsina’s disclosures, a viewer could have walked away thinking that Jada was the only one engaging in other sexual relationships, when that was not, Smith delicately explained to me, in fact the case.

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