Will Smith Realized ‘I’m Not Better Than Tom Cruise’ When Making ‘Bad Boys For Life’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Will Smith and Tom Cruise

Will Smith got here to a revelation about Tom Cruise when he was filming Bad Boys For Life in 2019. The 52-year-old actor went into the film believing that he would do all of his stunts and not using a stunt double. However, he shortly realized that he’s “not better than Tom Cruise.”

Will Smith and Tom Cruise
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Will Smith wished to channel Tom Cruise’s stunts in ‘Mission Impossible’

Before Smith started filming Bad Boys For Life, Cruise’s newest Mission Impossible movie got here out: MI: Fallout. According to Vox, the actor, who was 55 years outdated on the time, carried out the entire death-defying stunts. One of the feats resulted in two damaged ankle bones and a three-month taking pictures delay, however that didn’t cease Cruise from performing each stunt after he recovered. 

Since the primary Mission: Impossible movie in 1996, every subsequent film goes to extra extraordinary lengths to prime the earlier one’s motion. In the primary 4 of the motion spy movies, Cruise carried out nearly all of his stunts, together with suspending from a ceiling and climbing up a cliff’s aspect. According to Men’s Journal, the sequence went on he jumped off of a skyscraper after which hung off one of many world’s tallest buildings, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. 

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However, when Cruise shot the fifth movie, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, he insisted on performing each stunt that his character Ethan Hunt was in. In the sixth movie, he did it once more when he was a number of years older than Smith. At 51, he thought he might simply be like Cruise and do all of his stunts for Bad Boys For Life.

Smith realized he couldn’t carry out his stunts

When Smith was selling Bad Boys For Life, he visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The host previewed the film and alluded to the mid-life disaster that Smith’s character, Mike Lowery, goes by way of within the movie. Fallon wished to know if the actor feels outdated.

“I’m trying to hang on,” Smith stated. “There were a couple of the action sequences that I was like ‘ooh.’”

Then he admitted that the stunts on the set didn’t occur as he deliberate. 

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“I started [filming the movie], and I told myself that I was doing all of my stunts,” Smith instructed Fallon. “Tom Cruise was just hanging on the side of an airplane at 50. I was like, ‘Man, I am better than Tom Cruise.’ I did like two stunts, and I was like ‘I’m not better than Tom Cruise.’”

After that, Smith let the stunt doubles come to fill in for him through the movie’s death-defying moments. So, in that manner, the actor does admit he’s feeling outdated.

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