Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Will Smith Writes an Autobiography: Will It Include Scientology, Infidelity, Failed Private School, Donations to Nation of Islam?


Will Smith has written an autobiography (with Mark Manson). “Will” will be published on November 9th by Penguin Press.

No doubt “Will” covers Smith’s Philadelphia childhood, rapper career, “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and early movie successes with “Bad Boys” and “Independence Day.” All good.

And when you meet Will Smith, he is relentlessly polite, engaging, and cheerful. All that should come across in the book.

But what remains to be seen is how candid and forthcoming Smith will be about real subjects. For example, he and wife Jada Pinkett Smith started their own private school in Calabasas, California in which they placed their own kids, Jaden and Willow. The school was run by a Scientologist and taught the curriculum. At the time, Will said in interviews that he was open to all groups. This was after he and Jada had become swept in Tom Cruise-mania.

Eventually the school went under, and disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

For years, Will and Jada have also run a sketchy 501(c)3 charity that has given money to odd groups including the Nation of Islam.

More recently, rumors of the Smiths’ open marriage bubbled upon on Jada’s Red Table talk show on Facebook. It was certainly made clear just before the pandemic that each of the spouses had led their own lives and that fidelity was not observed.

So as an honest autobiography from Will Smith would be welcome, who knows what “Will” will reveal. But almost certainly, we’ll get the story of how Will became a rare Hollywood mega star, self-made by sheer dint of hard work.

Will and Manson put this video up in 2018. Will said of choosing a publisher, “I’m very confident we’ll go with the…highest bidder!”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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