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Will Smith Gets Emotional While Chatting With Ava DuVernay About His New Book

Will Smith sat down with Ava Duvernay for a chat in Los Angeles, where he had gone to promote his new book, Will.

“It’s a hero’s journey, an epic tale,” DuVernay said of the book, which was written by Smith in collaboration with Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.

About how he wrote the book, Smith said Manson helped with structure, and “found an emotional shape to the narrative and my life. The book tracks my journey from fear to love.”

He shared one memory, which starts the book, where his father — a military man who’s focus on discipline led the household — tore down the front wall to his shop and enlisted Smith and his younger brother to rebuild it, brick by brick.

“Over time I started to see that focusing on the wall made it seem like an impossible task,” Smith said. “But when you bring your mind down to laying one brick perfectly, you can even have fun in that moment.”

He said this lesson has carried him through a career and in the way to understand himself.

“I started performing as a way to keep peace in my house,” he said, about speaking about the domestic violence in his family. “It turned into something where I was able to assert myself in the material world.”

“I learned what love is…you can’t punish people for mistakes,” he said, adding: “You have to forgive people, and a big part of that is forgiving yourself.”


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