Will Smith comes clean: 'I'm in the worst shape of my life'


Los Angeles Times 03 May, 2021 - 05:29pm 13 views

“I’m gonna be real wit yall,” he said in the caption of his Sunday post. “I’m in the worst shape of my life.”

“This is the most amazing post in the history of social media,” musician Questlove replied in the comments.

And the post was amazing, showing a flabby-bellied, bearded Smith — mustache too — wearing short shorts and an unzipped track jacket and gesturing as if he were singing an aria. The slide-on slippers were a classic final touch in the photo, which included an idyllic background of trees and water.

Fortunately for the 52-year-old actor, it doesn’t look as if he gained a full “COVID 19.” And folks who have real beer bellies and pandemic beards won’t feel threatened at all. But his friends and fans were having fun in the comments.

“yeah this the worst I’ve seen ... praying for you bro #buttandgut,” author and producer DeVon Franklin wrote.

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“We’re twins,” said DJ Jazzy Jeff, Smith’s frequent musical collaborator.

“Suicide Squad” actor Joel Kinnaman just laughed.

At least director Ava DuVernay was nice to poor, poor Will, as was former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Venezuelan actor Guillermo Garcia.

“I see no ‘worst’ here,” DuVernay posted.

“Enjoy the dad bod with pride!,” Garcia wrote. “Let’s end... the carbs discrimination.”

“Will, you poor baby, I’m crying for you,” Schwarzenegger said, “even though you’re still in better shape than 90% of America. Keep pumping!”

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Will Smith set to get into the 'Best Shape of My Life' on new series

Entertainment Weekly News 04 May, 2021 - 11:30am

Days after delighting the internet with a candid shirtless photo of himself in "the worst shape of my life," Smith is getting in the Best Shape of My Life via YouTube's new unscripted fitness series, which premieres in 2022.

Here's the official description: "This new six-part fitness unscripted series from Westbrook Media and YouTube Originals is the story of Will Smith, looking up one day to find himself in middle age, rebuilding his body into the best shape of his life and getting his groove back along the way. This is the fun, funny, inspirational, wildly adventurous, and deeply entertaining story of Smith challenging himself to improve every aspect of his fitness, from agility to power to recovery and more, teaming up with guests including pro athletes, scientists and experts, and top YouTube creators."

Smith has been a fixture of late in different lanes of content, having recently hosted Snapchat's Will From Home and Netflix's documentary series Amend, not to mention his big Fresh Prince reunion special on HBO Max. He's done all of that while remaining a force on the big screen: Bad Boys for Life was 2020's box office champion (it still counts!); he's expected to be in next season's awards race for playing Venus and Serena Williams' father in King Richard; and his upcoming film Emancipation reportedly sold to Apple for over $120 million.

Thankfully Best Shape of My Life should have him ready in time for Hitch 2.

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