Will Smith’s movie helped deal with dad’s illness

Hollywood star Will Smith found it helpful working on Collateral Beauty after his father was given just weeks to live because the movie echoed his own situation.

By: PTI | London | Published:December 10, 2016 6:42 pm
will smith, will smith actor Hollywood star Will Smith found it helpful working on Collateral Beauty after his father was given just weeks to live because the movie echoed his own situation.

Hollywood star Will Smith found it helpful working on “Collateral Beauty” after his father was given just weeks to live because the movie echoed his own situation. The 48-year-old actor learned William Carroll Smith had been given just six weeks to live at the same time he received the script for the film.

He said it was a “personal and beautiful journey” to play a character dealing with a personal tragedy while going through similar struggles in his real life, reported Contactmusic. “I got the screenplay right when my father was diagnosed, so I’m doing all of this research about a guy who experiences death at the time that my father was given six weeks (to live).

“But it turned out to be such an amazing thing to have to work through and go through all of this. My father and I were sharing it during that time, so the performance for me, and the movie for me, and the ideas are so deeply personal. “This film for me is the most personal and beautiful journey. When art and life comes together in that way and when you create something that could potentially help people get through difficult times, it’s fantastic.” Will’s father passed away a month ago.

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