Will Smith has been on a journey. The Fresh Prince actor and, you know, cultural icon, who recently turned 53, decided to keep things real back in May, when he posted a picture of himself to Instagram. Shirtless beneath his open hoodie, he looked less like an international movie star than a middle-aged uncle happily enjoying a few beers outside, maybe while tossing some horseshoes and minding the grill. Even as he declared in the caption, “I’m in the worst shape of my life,” his 55 million followers were supportive.
That was just the beginning, with Smith sharing more underwear shots on the ‘gram. The welcome honesty about his body turned out to be an extended “before” picture, with Smith announcing that he’d be making his way back to action-star fitness, with an accompanying YouTube documentary charting his progress.
Since then, we’ve gotten glimpses of what it takes for Smith to carve himself up for his upcoming action roles, notably Bright 2 and Bad Boys 4. That’s meant squats, leg presses, dumbbell rows and shoulder presses, lat pulldowns, and even 3D scanning his body. (Probably not necessary for most people.)
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If you’re wondering what kind of mental space Smith has been in during his project, he’s shared a bit of a glimpse there, too, in a TikTok posted on Sunday. It opens with him in his bed, presumably enjoying a lazy Sunday, only to be reminded that, per the caption, “Sundays aren’t an excuse to rest.” (Worth noting: even movie stars need recovery time.) The Wild Wild West star promptly leaps out of bed, into a montage of situps, presses, dips, and so on. He doesn’t look like he’s having fun, exactly, but he’s certainly not resting.
Jesse Hicks is a Detroit-based writer and former features editor at The Verge who specializes in longform stories about science, health, and technology.
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