With the premiere of his new film Seven Pounds just around the corner, Will Smith should be ostentatiously fake-laughing all the way to the bank. So why isn't he?
He also gave a combined $122,500 to the Church of Scientology, broken into these donations: $67,500 to the New York Rescue Workers Detoxication Fund, $50,000 to the group’s Celebrity Center in Hollywood and $5,000 to ABLE, another Scientology offshoot. Smith and his wife have also supported a private school called New Village Academy they opened this fall in suburban Los Angeles that uses Scientology learning concepts.
How psyched is the niacin industry right now? Considerably more psyched than Smith is, we'd wager; Variety didn't simply trash Seven Pounds, they actively called his sanity into question for making it:
Nor can it be said that Smith, whose most recent box office barn-burners, “I Am Legend” and “Hancock,” seemed consciously designed to set the star apart from the rest of humanity, shies away from the saintlike status conferred upon his character. Indeed, he embraces it in a way so convincing that it proves disturbing as an indication of how highly this or any momentarily anointed superstar may regard himself.
HAHAHAHAHA, Variety's Todd McCarthy. HAHAHAHAHA. Maybe you could use a little education, HAHAHA! Next time you've got the time, why don't you stop by Calabasas, where visiting professor Leah Remini is teaching a class on "Unlocking the Non-Critical Critic Inside You (What I Learned on the Summer Arc of Saved By The Bell)." SP's can audit for free!
- Will Smith Gives $1.3 Million to Charities [Fox News]
- Seven Pounds [Variety]