Actor Will Smith live streamed himself bungee jumping out of a helicopter to celebrate his 50th birthday.
The actor, who has starred in such action flicks as Bad Boys, Men In Black, and Independence Day, decided the best way to get over his longtime fear of heights was to jump out of a helicopter over the Grand Canyon. The video was aired on YouTube.
Smith was not alone, Cheering him on was his wife wife of 21 years, Jada Pinkett Smith, daughter Willow Smith, and son Jaden Smith. Smith's Fresh Prince of Bel-Air co-star Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton Banks, was also on the scene, to the delight of many social media users.
Smith says in the video:
I've had a whole lifetime of feeling squashed and squelched and controlled by fear. There's nothing worse than walking around scared.
We can think of one thing that is worse, bungee jumping out of a helicopter over the Grand Canyon.
Here is Smith reacting to seeing the footage.
Ebony Magazine covered every moment.
Keeping This Same Energy today in honor of his #EBONYbirthday 🎈celebration, #WillSmith, our national treasure! https://t.co/Wk0g1FUxTL— EBONY MAGAZINE (@EBONY MAGAZINE) 1537885978.0
An #EBONYbirthday🎈 appreciation thread of Will Smith: Who else can finesse bungee jumping for the entire world to t… https://t.co/Dw3GVBCWbF— EBONY MAGAZINE (@EBONY MAGAZINE) 1537898308.0
It all started on 12/17/17. 263 posts, 22.2 million followers later.. Happy 50th #WillSmith! The King of Social Med… https://t.co/DijYM68zgY— EBONY MAGAZINE (@EBONY MAGAZINE) 1537914101.0
Daisha Williams also from West Philly is the winner for the contest & officially meets The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,… https://t.co/AmX903I1wv— EBONY MAGAZINE (@EBONY MAGAZINE) 1537914602.0
Tune in now! Will Smith is getting tested before he officially makes the leap of faith for his birthday!… https://t.co/CwlFGqcwyh— EBONY MAGAZINE (@EBONY MAGAZINE) 1537916143.0
Here we go! #WillSmithTheJump https://t.co/B80k0bliud— EBONY MAGAZINE (@EBONY MAGAZINE) 1537916788.0
Let's take a moment & remember a black man has the entire internet watching him bungee jump on his birthday for a c… https://t.co/YX3GUFHAfX— EBONY MAGAZINE (@EBONY MAGAZINE) 1537916890.0
HE DID IT! Happy Birthday Will Smith! That's another one for the books! #WillSmithTheJump https://t.co/dWWyFJ29fv— EBONY MAGAZINE (@EBONY MAGAZINE) 1537917135.0
"There’s a real relationship between freedom & joy, fear actually traps you, my father passed a little over a year… https://t.co/6PfcptEEGB— EBONY MAGAZINE (@EBONY MAGAZINE) 1537917884.0
But, but, but... did everyone forget Trevor?
@TwitterMoments DO YOU NOT REMEMBER TREVOR?!? https://t.co/71PrTaCWC1— Arthur Read Fan Account (@Arthur Read Fan Account) 1537906509.0
People were happy for Smith but they were even more stoked to see Carlton in the flesh.
@EBONYMag Look at Carlton— DAME 💎 (@DAME 💎) 1537924620.0
@EBONYMag I just love that Will and Alfonso Riberio are still best friends.— ShannyVanny (@ShannyVanny) 1537925651.0
@EBONYMag Is that Carlton that I see on the side of Jada watching #WillSmith too? #WillSmithTheJump https://t.co/op5t1IUK1C— Missy (@Missy) 1537918901.0
Lots of folks are wishing Smith the best, but nope, nope, nope.
@Complex https://t.co/vDq3j0lWH5— DaBoss (@DaBoss) 1537944127.0
@Complex You are crazy bro— leon (@leon) 1537928875.0
@Complex It's look scary even watching..— jonyRao (@jonyRao) 1537944809.0
@Complex Happy Birthday, Will. But nope! https://t.co/rfzAIXvjKI— Blackonbothsides (@Blackonbothsides) 1537926422.0
@EBONYMag #WillSmithTheJump https://t.co/WLCE0VEJqR— JCM416 (@JCM416) 1537951232.0
Happy birthday Mr. Smith, but if it's okay... we think we'll keep our feet on the ground.
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