That’s right, the Rejects were on the red carpet to talk to Will Smith about his upcoming film Seven Pounds, which hits theaters on December 19. We were able to catch up with Smith and gave some news regarding Will Smith and his role in Oldboy (See Also: Will Smith Says Oldboy Isn’t Really a Remake), but here is the full report.
Smith’s entrance was eagerly awaited by hundreds of fans hoping to catch a glimpse, if not an autograph or the chance to share a photo with the superstar. Taking time to visit select cities, Smith is hot on a path towards an Oscar nomination with his somber and powerful performance in Seven Pounds. His trip was not all business however, Smith’s first stop was to dedicate two-hundred turkeys to the Cleveland Food Bank. He then said some kind words to the masses and worked his way down the red carpet. Making sure to acknowledge any fan who made themselves heard, Smith worked the scene like a pro. Fielding questions ranging from “Why Cleveland,” to “What can you tell us about the film,” Smith seemed happy to also field questions from FSR about his Captain America rumors (more on that later) and his involvement in Oldboy.
Smith stopped in before the screening of the film to thank all of the local crowd, and local celebrities, who made it to the event. Smith made a special effort to thank LeBron James for sending a special birthday video to his sixteen year old son. After thanking everyone, and lastly signing a few more autographs, the star left for his next destination. This left us ready to finally watch the film that will likely set Smith up with a third Oscar nomination. The film’s trailer leaves much to the imagination, mostly because of the climactic events that unfold. Smith had been fairly vague about the film in other interviews, and rightfully so. The film is an incredibly humbling experience that sends a shockwave through the soul. Expect some buzz about this film leading up to the Academy’s nominations.
Overall, it was a fun evening. Cleveland is a city that needs something exciting, and Will Smith brought the type of excitement that only someonone as himself could manage. Smith is an A-list celebrity with a down to earth approach that makes it easy for his fans to love him. He took the time to help out a community, and give us a sneak peak of this year’s next must see film.