Will Smith breaks down why he thinks social media is killing of the mystic of movie stars!
Will told audiences at Comic Con about how different stardom used to be, “In terms of movie stars, it’s a huge difference. It’s like you almost can’t make new movie stars anymore”
“It’s like there’s a certain amount of privacy and there was a certain amount of distance that you had from the audience, and only on July 4th did you have access. So that amount of access created this bigger-than-life kind of thing. But in the shift into this new world, it’s almost like a friendship with the fans. The relationship is less like the time of Madonna, Michael Jackson, when you could make the Tom Cruise these gigantic figures, because you can’t create that anymore. The shift is to ‘we’re best friends,’ and that’s like with the comments and with those pictures and all that.”
The topic surfaced when a Huffington Post reporter asked will about a selfie he took that went viral because fans thought it looked like Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
Will Smith is turning into Uncle Phil 👀😂 pic.twitter.com/s0yszfyGjb
— UNILAD (@UNILAD) March 14, 2017
Although he didn’t address the fun resemblance he talked about how much technology has changed and the effect that its had on the ‘business’.
“It is such a new world, I released my first record in ’86, so I’m over 30 years in the business. My first album there were no CDs, so it wasn’t until my second album, and they came like these hot new things called CDs. Seeing that transition, essentially the fans being more and more involved in the creative process.”
No matter what, Will Smith is still a movie star to us!