Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith star in “After Earth,” a sci-fi movie with a potentially promising premise (a post-apocalyptic father and son story) and a deadly flaw that should prevent anyone from ever seeing it (directed by M. Night Shyamalan).
But who cares! The important thing to know is that Will and Jaden are doing FINE, and they are definitely super normal people in every way a person could possibly be normal. Just check out these excerpts from a New York interview with them:
I’ve read that you believe life can be understood through patterns.
Will: I’m a student of patterns. At heart, I’m a physicist. I look at everything in my life as trying to find the single equation, the theory of everything.
Do you think there is a single theory to everything?
Jaden: There’s definitely a theory to everything.
Well, I guess that solves any lingering uncertainty about if there is or is not a theory to everything. Jaden Smith says there’s DEFINITELY a theory to everything, so everyone else can just stand down.
Do you see patterns too, Jaden?
Jaden: I think that there is that special equation for everything, but I don’t think our mathematics have evolved enough for us to even—I think there’s, like, a whole new mathematics that we’d have to learn to get that equation.
Will: I agree with that.
Jaden: It’s beyond mathematical. It’s, like, multidimensional mathematical, if you can sort of understand what I’m saying.
Can you even understand what he means? It’s multidimensional mathematical, but you can probably only sort of understand what the star of “The Karate Kid” (no, the other one) is saying.
You and Jaden have acted in two movies together, including After Earth. Are you planning on a third?
Will: If you were a student of the pattern, you’d have to say we’re going to do another one.
Jaden: I definitely would do another one, absolutely. You know, how Johnny Depp and Tim Burton always do movies together, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio? We’ll have a relationship like that.
I personally refer to my relationship with my dad as more like Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson, but that’s just because I don’t get patterns.
In After Earth, the father is a general who is injured and has to watch his son fight for his life. Was this a metaphor for what it’s like sending your kid into Hollywood?
Will: Absolutely. That’s what I wanted the metaphor of this movie to be. A father having to watch as his son makes mistakes in the world, and in an extreme place of life or death.
The movie “After Earth” — which is based on a story conceived by Will Smith — is apparently meant to parallel the story of Will Smith and Jaden Smith in Hollywood. So normal and relatable! It’s nice to know that fathers and sons are the same everywhere.