The violence against his mother that Will Smith recounts in an autobiography and gives clues to his reaction to the Oscars

The violence against his mother that Will Smith recounts in an autobiography and gives clues to his reaction to the Oscars

The actor’s memoir Will Smithentitled Will be and co-authored with self-help writer Mark Manson returns to the list of best-selling books in the United States, perhaps because many readers believe they find in the book, recently published in Spanish by Editorial Planeta, a explanation for the attitude of the star. king richard Yes In search of happiness in the recent presentation of the Oscars, since it details the personal and professional life of the actor, including the physical abuse his father inflicted on his mother.

The chapter of exaggerate of Smith slapping Chris Rock after the 50-year-old comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, the wife of his upcoming Best Actor Oscar winner, at the 94th Academy Awards, and its derivatives around the world entertainment, could be read as an appendix to memoirs published by Zenith, a label of the publishing house Planeta. On page 27, out of 460 that the Spanish edition has, Will be says, “As an actor, understanding a character’s fears is an essential part of understanding their psyche. Fears create desires and desires precipitate actions.

Life under the stage is more or less the same, the actor seems to claim in his book. These thoughts are triggered after the father, an alcoholic former military man, hits his mother. This action continued because the woman did not shut up: “You think hitting a woman makes you macho,” she said.

The man kicked her again and knocked her down. She got up and said to him, “Hit me as many times as you want, you can’t hurt me.” Smith says he could hit her body, but somehow she was able to control what was hurting her. “I wish I was that strong,” he wrote.

The father also punched Smith’s siblings who reacted similarly to the mother. The actor preferred to please the father. He was the only weakling:I was the coward”, He says. Everyone in her household had witnessed the scene of the mother’s physical abuse and her brother Harry wanted to protect the mother, but was rebuffed. Her sister Ellen went to take refuge curled up in her bed. One defended his mother, the other fled the violent scene. Will pleased his father. “I wanted to please and appease my father, because as long as he smiled and laughed, I believed we would stay safe.”

Will Smith.  With his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.  (Photo Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for WarnerMedia)Will Smith. With his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. (Photo Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for WarnerMedia)

That’s why Smith decides to be funny, although he says that “his little nine-year-old brain was processing episodes of abuse” by his father “as if it was somehow his fault”. In the book, this scene is well described in which that night in this room, nine-year-old Will Smith, standing in the doorway, sees how his father hit his mother and she fell to the ground. “I was the only chance she had to get help. And yet I did nothing,” says the Hollywood star.

In the famous slap to the comedian to defend “his” wife when Rock makes the joke of comparing her to “GI Jane”, the protagonist of the 1997 film, played by Demi Moore, who shaves her head during filming to be the first woman to joining the United States Navy, Will’s attitude is the flip side of that kid who doesn’t stand up for what “he loved most in the world”, his mother.

In this chapter, titled Fear, begins the agile, entertaining reading book with the quota that Mark Manson prints, the co-author. The self-help and self-improvement book author leaves his mark on every idea the actor shares.

His father forced him and his younger brother when they were very young to build a wall in their house.

It is a book which, starting from the raw experience of a personality of the cinema, told with sincerity (or at least leaving uncovered the unfavorable aspects of his person) leaves reflections like those told in the chapter on the domestic violence Smith witnessed as a child. . It has 21 chapters all titled with a single word: “Fantasy”, “Power”, “Adventure”, “Pain”.

The introduction is called “Wall” and there the actor, born in 1968 in the city of Philadelphia, tells how his father forced him and his younger brother, when they were very young, to build a wall in their home. They believed it was impossible. Their father sulkily tells them not to think of the wall but of each brick. It took the two boys an entire year to build this wall. The actor in this introduction explains that this experience taught him a lesson: “The secret of my success is as boring as it is surprising: you will lay another brick”He says.

Here is the tone that marks the whole book, Manson’s record for turn this bestseller into a self-help book. Faced with failure, loss, humiliation, divorce, death, invasion of privacy, family disintegration, Smith says that “every day” he got up, “mixed cement and laid another brick”.

His father left him this heritage and that of his name, Will: which in English means “will”. In Chapter 8, titled “Pain,” Smith recounts his sexual experiences. After being “cheated on” lovingly by his girlfriend Melanie, he acts violently: he breaks twelve windows of the house with an iron, because he had to do it “not because he felt an emotional impulse to do so “, he explains. He ran away to see his mother and she was “completely” connected to his pain: “It wasn’t just fear anymore, it was ours,” he says. He returns defeated to his childhood home, now without his father, whom his mother had kicked out of the house not long ago. “I thought he wouldn’t have cheated on me if I had been good enough. He had let down another woman“, he explains well before defending his wife from the alleged public insults uttered by Rock at the Oscars.

He had sex with so many women and found it unpleasant: ‘It literally made me gag and sometimes even threw up’

Later, Will says he started having “unbridled sex”. He had sex with so many women and found it unpleasant: “It made me gag, literally, and sometimes I even threw up”, admits the actor. “And the looks of those women made my agony worse. I was doing exactly what I hated with my father: hurting women.”

Traces to trace Will Smith’s attitude during the Oscars are scattered throughout the book. There are traces of his early childhood in neighborhood violence and final scenes as a star. A visit that a good reader of detective or psychological stories can read like a novel and make a hypertext link with the news.

At the end of the book, this famous boy continues to dream of avenging his mother, he promises his father, who is in a wheelchair, that he will take care of everyone. A father degraded by the years who can barely lift his spoon to eat and who has the stairs in the background: “I am one of the best actors in the world. My call to 911 would have been worthy of an Oscar,” Smith said. In the slap to Rock, maybe he pushed his dad down those stairs. A life worth remembering. Will be is a revealing book, written with the courage of confession.

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