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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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Girl Power Prevails At The 2017 American Music Awards

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Music’s most amazing night went down Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. and we have to say the night was all about the ladies!

That’s right the 45th American Music Awards had some major moments and some major girl power starting with Pink and Kelly Clarkson.

The duo got the show started singing R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts”, but it was their solo performances that had fans going nuts.

Kelly Clarkson returned to the stage and had everyone on their feet with a medley of her classic tracks and new single “Love So Soft.”

While Pink took her career to new heights leaping off the side of a building while performing her hit single “Beautiful Trauma.”

Christina Aguilera, paid tribute to Whitney Houston with a commemorative performance for the 25th anniversary of The Bodyguard.

But the #Majah moment of the night had to be Diana Ross. The Motown legend was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, and performed some of her greatest hits before accepting the honor.

 

Photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

 

 

 

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