Will Smith called Denzel Washington for assistance as he turns forties,’. When Will Smith was having trouble with the “funky forties,” he has turned to Denzel Washington for help.
In an interview with GQ, the Gemini Man star discussed his friendship with the Hollywood legend while promoting his new biography, Will.
Will referred to Denzel as a “genuine sage” in his personal life, describing him as a “true sage.”
“Throughout the years, I would always call Denzel. He’s a real sage. I was probably 48 or something like that and I called Denzel. He said, ‘Listen. You’ve got to think of it as the funky 40. Everybody’s 40s are funky.’ He said, ‘But just wait till you hit the f**k-it 50s,'” he recalled to the publication. “He said, ‘Just bear with your 40s.’ I stopped and I was like, ‘The funky 40s and the f**k-it 50s.’ And that’s exactly what happened. It just became the f**k-it 50s, and I gave myself the freedom to do whatever I wanted to do.”
Will, inspired by Denzel’s mentorship, attempts to encourage his co-stars as well, and has even been a member of Tom Cruise’s support system.
“That was the thing even with Tom (Cruise). Tom and I became friends in the middle of his public difficulties. That’s when I want to be there. If everything is great, call somebody else. Call me when you need help. I love it. I love being the 2 a.m. emergency phone call,” the 53-year-old insisted.