The actor admits to letting his son film with live, poisonous snakes during the filming of After Earth
Will Smith admitted to a fathering faux-pas during the premiere of new film After Earth, admitting that he let his son's safety come second during the shooting of a particularly dangerous scene. Will and Jaden were apparently shooting a scene in a tree riddled with poisonous snakes, however Papa Smith decided to shoot the scene with his anyway for the benefit of the film.
After Earth is riddled with monstrous creatures who prey on the Smiths for the majority of the film, however whilst most of the animals used in the flick are CGI creations, there were a few real props in the film that made the danger in some scenes very real indeed. Certain scenes were shot in the jungles of Costa Rica, including the one snake-ridden scene where Will and Jaden were confronted with real-live poisonous snakes.
"There are these snakes called fer-de-lances, and a fer-de-lance is the second most poisonous snake on Earth. We had snake wranglers on the set, six guys (who) would just walk around all the time and go ... thump!" Will said. "So there was a scene, and the snake wrangler came over and said, 'You know the tree that Jaden's about to do the shot in? We got, uh, a few snakes ... 'I said, 'Well, like two?' He said, 'We got ... maybe five today. You know, there's other trees. Jaden comes on the set and I was like, 'Well, let's just roll, we're here. Jaden, quick, just get up there, just get the scene! Now that I think about it, we shouldn't have done a couple of those shots."
The film hasn't been performing well in cinemas this weekend
The proud father went on to say that Jaden performed the scenes without a bit of worry and continued to behaviour responsibly for the rest of shooting. Their potentially dangerous scene might have been in vain if the film continues to under perform in the box office like it did during it's opening weekend (June 1-2). The film has been given a slating by most critics and audience have apparently responded to the negativity by neglecting the film's cinematic run so far, with the film coming in third in the box office behind fellow newcomer
What does the future hold for the Smiths following the box office bomb?