An Irish journalist alerted us to his recent interview in London with Will Smith, there promoting Seven Pounds (or the precise amount of £ each local wasted on a ticket).
Towards the end, the interviewer asked Smith about a formative incident at age 16: A girl broke his heart, and he swore to himself that from that day forth he would never be denied anything ever again. How, he wonders, did Smith use this early experience to achieve the seemingly impossible, and become the Biggest Star in the Universe. The secret, it turns out, is in something Smith calls "spiritual physics."
there are what I would refer to as spiritual physics, right? So, the idea that energy is infectious, right? So, I can infect you right now. I can infect you positively, or I can infect you negatively. I can affect how you go home and deal with people, and friends and family, and all of that, and for me, the spiritual physics of that are flawless. So, as long as I can continue to affect people, and infect people, positively, there is no version of me not winning, at the box-office. It's just the spiritual physics don't work that way...
If the basic concepts of spiritual physics sound similar to Scientology's precepts, that's because they are: L. Ron Hubbard wrote in the introduction to The Way to Happiness: "You are important to other people. You are listened to. You can influence others...The happiness or unhappiness of others you could name is important to you...It is in your power to point the way to a less dangerous and happier life."
Regardless of what he calls it, however, Smith is clearly a man who approaches the politics of human interaction as a (highly contagious) quantifiable science—a concept more commonly known in Hollywood as "ass kissing." If you were wondering what all that fake-laughing is about, he's just trying to infect you with his love.
- Will Smith... On a boat [YouTube]