Will Smith Shares The Real Reason That Motivated Him To Become A World-Famous Actor
In this two-minute chat between Will Smith and Benicio Del Toro, the actors talk about their connection with their characters. Will begins by explaining that when he was 15 years old, his girlfriend cheated on him. At the time, he was utterly devastated, and this motivated him to become a world-famous actor as a way of making his former girlfriend regret that she had cheated on him. He also noted that this has informed the way that he approaches all of his characters. Now, he looks for their internal motivation – the bizarre psychological response to trauma they have experienced in the past.
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After this, Del Toro began to talk about his process for finding a character. He admitted that he usually doesn’t feel like he totally understands his character until the last day of filming. He is always learning and delving deeper into that character’s psyche. He said that he wishes he’d known earlier in his career that perfection is impossible and that it’s okay to always have more room to grow. He urged other actors to focus on their work intently while they are doing it but not to get down on themselves because of any perceived imperfections.