If Will Smith wasn't an actor, what would he be doing with his life? According to Smith himself, in a new Vulture interview he did with son and After Earth co-star Jaden Smith, he sees himself as a physicist, "at heart." So, maybe that. He explains:
I’ve read that you believe life can be understood through patterns.
Will: I’m a student of patterns. At heart, I’m a physicist. I look at everything in my life as trying to find the single equation, the theory of everything.
Do you think there is a single theory to everything?
Jaden: There’s definitely a theory to everything.
Will: When you find things that are tried and true for millennia, you can bet that it’s going to happen tomorrow.
Jaden: The sun coming up?
Will: The sun coming up, but even a little more. Like for Best Actor Oscars. Almost 90 percent of the time, it’s mental illness and historical figures, right? So, you can be pretty certain of that if you want to win—as a man; it’s very different for women. The patterns are all over the place, but for whatever reason, it’s really difficult to find the patterns in Best Actress.
Well, we're getting into some deep conversation now, aren't we? We're not sure exactly what patterns Will is talking about or how that relates to him being a physicist "at heart" - but whatever they are, turns out Jaden sees them too. So, it's kind of like they're both Room 237-ing the shit out of life. Tell us, guys:
Do you see patterns too, Jaden?
Jaden: I think that there is that special equation for everything, but I don’t think our mathematics have evolved enough for us to even—I think there’s, like, a whole new mathematics that we’d have to learn to get that equation.
Will: I agree with that.
Jaden: It’s beyond mathematical. It’s, like, multidimensional mathematical, if you can sort of understand what I’m saying.
...right. Maybe if we keep reading, it'll all make sense.
You and Jaden have acted in two movies together, including After Earth. Are you planning on a third?
Will: If you were a student of the pattern, you’d have to say we’re going to do another one.
No. No. That's not a pattern, Will Smith, that's just a conscious decision to work with your son in another film! We've had enough.
Will: You know, the forum of media that we’re in can’t really handle the complexity of things that we say all the time.
Yeah, we just can't handle the complexity of multidimensional mathematical theories about life patterns. Just like we couldn't handle the complexity of Will's 1999 song, "Will 2K," right? Right.