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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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Michael Rapaport Calls Himself The “MVP Of Talking Trash” Following Janet Jackson Controversy

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Michael Rapaport came under fire earlier this month for slamming Janet Jackson Appreciation Day which was on Super Bowl Sunday. But now, he is speaking a slightly different tune.

On February 4th, as Janet fans used social media to praise the singer, Michael took to Twitter to do what he does best: Talk mess.

“Can anybody crying for Janet Jackson right now tell me the last Janet Jackson song that was popping,” he wrote. “Motherf*cka’s wanna make nothing something 24/7/365 & Super Bowl Sunday.”

Michael, however, is slightly backing down from his aggressive words. HipHollywood caught up with the actor during the premier of Shot In The Dark, to discuss not only his ability to talk “sh*t,” but being attacked by Black Twitter.

“I love Janet Jackson, respect Janet Jackson,” he told us exclusively. “The context of what I said is that Janet Jackson isn’t popping now like she was popping in the 80’s, 90’s. Doesn’t mean she’s not an icon.”

Rapaport, who is known to stir up on some drama with his Twitter antics, then added about being a sh*t talker: “I’m proud of the way I talk sh*t, I’m the MVP of talking trash. I can give it as good as I can take it.” 

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