Ending with a bang
Will Smith embarked on an adventure of a lifetime thanks to his Facebook series Bucket List. The show, which premiered on February 27, follows the actors as he ticks off thrilling adventures of his bucket list in celebration of his 50th birthday, which fell on September 25, 2018.
In the six-episode Facebook Watch show, we have watched the Aladdin actor as he sky-dived in Dubai, swam with sharks in the Bahamas and ran a half-marathon in Cuba. But now, the latest episode is bringing the Will to India, more specifically Bollywood. The 50-year-old teamed up with Indian director and producer Karan Johar and actor Ranveer Singh, so he could fulfil a dream of his – dancing in a Bollywood film.
“I’ve always wanted to be in a Bollywood dance sequence. I’ve always loved India. India is just a beautiful culture. The colours, the music, the intersection of religion and cinema … everything about this culture just speaks to my personality. India has always had this otherworldly pull on me,” Will said in the episode.
Ranveer helped the actor by giving him some dancing tips and attempting to teach him some Hindi. Meanwhile, Karan, who Will described as someone who has “an intimate knowledge of [Bollywood’s] importance to [India’s] culture”. It just so happened that the director was filming the sequel to his 2012 smash hit, Student of the Year when the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. This meant that Will got to film a dance sequence for the movie, which is set to release next month.
The father-of-three posted a video of him rehearsing the choreography on Instagram, which he captioned, “Y’all already know I can’t dance. But I wasn’t gonna let that stop me from pursuing my #Bollywood dreams – in the season finale of @willsmithsbucketlist!! Streaming now, link in bio. Thanx for showing me the way @ranveersingh and @karanjohar! 📹: @westbrook.”
Will stumbled a little during rehearsal, but was able to put on a perfect show while filming. “I’ve somehow, by creating dance records, created an illusion that I can dance. I can’t dance. It actually makes me very nervous,” he said of his dancing (or lack of) abilities. “I’ve been in this business for over 30 years, and this moment has reconnected me back to why I do this.”
You can watch the episode here:
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