Smith - my granny told me off for swearing
actor and rapper Will Smith has revealed that his granny told him
off for swearing when he first started writing lyrics - and her
influence helped to shape him into a profanity-free family man.
also tells the new Radio Times that a meeting with Nelson Mandela
changed his whole perception of Hollywood, even though he had "a
beautiful time" after being nominated for an Oscar for Ali.
his grandmother, the 33-year-old says: "She found some of my
early expletive-littered lyrics and wrote on them, 'Dear Willard,
intelligent people do not use these words to express themselves.'
Now Jada's taken over and I measure how I'm doing based on the look
in her eyes. Actually, I believe every man, deep down, measures
his worth based on a woman's approval. It's in our nature."
March, he attended a screening of Ali in Johannesburg with the former
African president, Nelson Mandela. "He told me that in prison,
he was only allowed to watch one movie every six months, and that
he looked forward to it more than anything because he saw such hope
in cinema. It revealed the worst human tragedies and the greatest
human possibilities, and he told me never to underestimate the power
of what I do - to make people laugh, cry and think."
admits he enjoyed being on the Academy Award shortlist this year
even though Denzel Washington was named Best Actor ahead of him.
were 30 days between the nominations and the awards, and it was
a beautiful time. You're part of this elite group - people like
Russell Crowe, Denzel Washington and Halle Berry - and there's a
party every night. I wasn't disappointed by the result, first because
rappers look down on awards, so I'd be emotionally trained not to
let it faze me, and second because Denzel has been robbed of so
many honours, that when his name was announced there was a collective
sigh of approval."
interview is taken from the 27 July - 2 August edition of Radio
Times, on sale on Tuesday 23 July.