Will Smith Had This Huge Struggle In The $218,000,000 Film ‘Bad Boys 2’

Published 07/06/2023, 3:00 PM EDT

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Will Smith, an illustrious figure in Hollywood, stands tall as one of its most prosperous and commercially viable stars. Notably, he holds the distinction of being the sole actor to achieve the extraordinary feat of grossing over $100 million consecutively with eight films. Surpassing the threshold of millionaire status before even reaching the age of 18 came to him with remarkable ease. Following his success in the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Smith’s breakthrough into the realm of cinema came with the electrifying action film Bad Boys.

The sequel to the franchise was unveiled in 2003, adding another chapter to the legacy of Bad Boys. While the film undoubtedly elevated Smith’s stardom, a particular aspect during the production of Bad Boys 2 gave Smith pause and stirred reservations within him.

Will Smith had reservations about this one aspect while filming Bad Boys II

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During its time, Bad Boys posed a unique challenge for Will Smith, who is renowned for his aversion to profanity and explicit language, due to its R-rated content. The Men in Black star found himself in an uncomfortable position while filming certain scenes. In one particular instance, he was required to unleash a torrent of profanity to give the scene its authenticity. In such instances, one must make concessions and adapt to the demands of the moment. Consequently, Smith ventured beyond his usual boundaries in order to fulfill the necessary requirements and justify the scene.

On another occasion, Smith found himself confronted with the challenging task of delivering profanity toward a teenager. The actor experienced discomfort as he contemplated the potential reaction of the teenager’s mother to such language. However, due to the demands of the film and the role itself, Smith had no choice but to acquiesce.

As per Black Film, Smith expressed, “the only way I could do justice to that is it had to be raw.” This unfiltered approach not only allowed Smith to fulfill the requirements of the role but also played a pivotal role in shaping his career trajectory.

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What exactly had set up this aversion towards profanity in Smith’s life?

Will Smith and his aversion towards profanity and cuss words

A cherished anecdote unveils the origins of Smith’s steadfast aversion to profanity and vulgar language. As a budding rapper at the tender age of twelve, he diligently penned his lyrical compositions in a diary. However, when Smith’s grandmother stumbled upon this, she refrained from verbal reproach. Instead, she left a note to young Smith. It read, “Dear Willard, truly intelligent people do not have to use words like this to express themselves.” From that transformative moment forward, Smith wholeheartedly vowed to shun profanity in every conceivable endeavor.

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Smith’s dedication to maintaining a principled stance against profanity is unwavering. To the extent that he even stopped his son from viewing Bad Boys until a particular age. Even Eminem dismissed his music for his no-profanity-in-music policy. Nevertheless, he remains resolute. Smith carries the wisdom imparted by his grandmother as a guiding beacon in all aspects of his life.

What do you think about Smith’s reservations about profanity? Let us know in the comments below.

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Riva Khan

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Riva Khan is an entertainment reporter at NetflixJunkie. Given her love for the language and writing, she has honed her narrative skills from a young age. She loves her latest tea in Hollywood and keeps an eye on the news.

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