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We all know Will Smith is the master of running and crying on screen – think Bad Boys and The Pursuit of Happyness. But with his latest performance in Collateral Beauty, the veteran actor is bringing a new dimension of emotion that many have never seen.

In the film, Smith plays the owner of an ad agency struggling to come to grips with the tragic loss of his daughter. According to the 48-year-old, the role became extremely personal three weeks into filming when his father was diagnosed with cancer.

“Having to face my father’s mortality and impending death while I was preparing for this role gave us a really wonderful interaction during that time,” Smith told USA Today. “We were able to have conversations that I never would have been mature enough or open enough to have, and we confronted death head-on.”

Smith’s father, Willard Smith Sr., would pass in November, but his co-star, Edward Norton, and Collateral Beauty director, David Frankel, applauded his ability to deliver such emotional material.

“To make sure you know how to balance the resources of your emotions in such a way, he did a beautiful job,” said Norton, who plays his best friend Wit in the film.

“He came really prepared. I can’t take any credit for his performance,” added Frankel.  “He has this remarkable depth and he wanted to go there, he’s a risk taker. He wanted to see how far he could push it and I think it’s the best performance of his career.”

Collateral Beauty, which also stars Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet and Micheal Pena, hits theaters December 16.

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Dr. Heavenly Explains Her ‘If My Husband Cheated He Didn’t Mean To’ Philosophy

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Dr. Heavenly Kimes has an interesting philosophy on cheating … but then again we’re not surprised.

If you watch Married To Medicine then you know the successful Atlanta, GA dentist dotes on her husband, who she affectionately calls “daddy” and the two have a pretty solid marriage.  So much so, that Kimes believes if he ever cheated on her he didn’t mean to do it.

Kimes made that proclamation after news broke that Dr. Jackie’s husband was having an affair, and of course she had the ladies scratching their heads. HipHollywood sat down with her to get more insight on her viewpoint. Here’s what she had to say.

“I said something that I think a lot of people feel but would not say it, because it’s not a politically correct thing to say,” she explained. “I said if my husband cheated he would not mean to do it. I stand by it, it may sound silly, it may sound funny, I’m not trying to be funny, I don’t think he would have meant to do it.”

“I can’t say it was her, I’m not going to put it all on her, but it had to have been something to make that man go that far,” she adds referring to the other woman. “Maybe I’m naive but I don’t think my husband would just cheat on me and mean to cheat.”

To her credit, Kimes is also a certified relationship coach and has been dishing her advice (solicited or not) to the other wives since season 2. She ended her explanation comparing cheating to a person on a diet. The analogy was pretty hilarious, but actual made a lot of sense.

“I like to compare sex to food because they go together,” she says. “If you’re hungry and you know you’re on a diet and you’re really really trying really hard and somebody comes with a buffet of your favorite foods and lays it all out for you and starts putting … you didn’t mean to eat it but you ate it.”

So do you agree Heavenly? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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