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Essence of innocence

Gemini Man’ hits theaters October 11. It will be screening at Liberty by Scope Cinemas, Colombo City Center, Majestic Cinemas, Empire Cinema, Regal Gampaha, Majestic Cinema Bronze Jaffna, Savoy Cinemas, Savoy Cinema Rajagiriya, Cinemax Ja Ela, Aruna Kirbathgoda, Sky Lite Malabe, Savoy Cinema Maharagama and Ruoo Cinema Katunayaka

He’s one of the most bankable film stars of the last quarter century, and his soon-to-be-released next film is directed by two-time Oscar-winner Ang Lee.

Will Smith stopped by Microsoft’s offices in Seattle, Washington on Thursday for the Outside-In Fireside Chat, and his director was along for the ride.

Smith, 51, posed for selfies with adoring fans during the visit, and was even gifted a jersey by Seattle Seahawks player Bobby Wagner for the occasion.

The Aladdin star wore a brown leather jacket accented with red and white piping at the collar, over a red and black V-neck sweater.On the bottom, Smith matched with a pair of brown patterned slacks, and shiny rust-colored shoes.

Lee, 64, was casual in khakis and a blue blazer over a textured grey button-down.

Will gushed about working with the famed director and gushed about his ability to make him appear younger in the film.

The actor explained, “What Ang did is he looked through my filmography and he created takes of things — Fresh Prince, Men in Black, Independence Day — I was like yo, this is great, this guy’s a real fan. And he went through and he’d grab these things and he sat me down and was like, “This is great, look at how your eyes communicate, it’s the essence of innocence.”

“I was like, “Yeah, yeah, that’s what I was doing.” Then he’d go, “This one is very, very bad. Do not do this in my movie.”’

Ang reiterate those points in quotes provided by as he said, “I knew scientifically in my head it should work. I called it a leap of faith. I was extremely nervous, not for myself, but for investors. It’s a privilege to imitate God’s work and to play with animation.”

Before helming ‘Gemini Man’ with Smith as his star, the filmmaker already had several acclaimed titles under his belt, from ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ and ‘The Ice Storm’ to ‘Brokeback Mountain’ and ‘Life Of Pi’.

In ‘Gemini Man’, Will plays the dual roles of Henry and Junior in a fast-paced story about a super-elite assassin who is suddenly targeted by the most formidable of adversaries: a younger version of himself.

Curiously, Ang Lee’s next upcoming credit after Gemini Man is director of Thrilla In Manila, which is being billed as a historical drama about the third and final boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in 1975. Will Smith famously portrayed Muhammad Ali in the 2001 biopic based on his life, and was nominated for an Academy Award for the role.

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