Will Smith is well aware that his children are “very different human beings” to him, due to the advancements made in technology industry during their lives.
The 50-year-old actor stars as an assassin in new film Gemini Man, which sees him trying to work out who is targeting him before discovering it’s a cloned 23-year-old version of himself.
The movie showcases some incredible digital technology – with the younger Will entirely digitally created rather than being a de-aged version of the actor – and it’s these advances that the screen star believes sets the younger generation apart from their older peers.
Reflecting on how much of himself he sees in his older children – specifically 26-year-old Trey from his first marriage and 21-year-old Jaden, who he shares with wife Jada – Will told Entertainment Tonight: “They both have a lot of my qualities and the qualities of their mothers. They’re both good mixes. But what I’m noticing is how different this generation is from our generation. It’s one of the biggest generation gaps in history.
“Technology has created a gigantic generation gap. They are growing up in a different world than we grew up in. So they are very different human beings than me.”
While the world has changed over the last few years, so has Will’s marriage to Jada. Reflecting on his marriage or “life partnership”, as he and Jada prefer to call it, he admitted things are stronger between the pair because of the struggles they have overcome together.
“There’s a certain amount of suffering you have to be willing to endure, and most people cannot endure the pain that it takes to actually love somebody in their wild youth and imperfections,” he explained. “It’s easy to love somebody if they do everything you want, if they act how you want them to act and they don’t do anything you don’t want them to do.
“But, you know, Jada and I, we’ve weathered some storms and that’s really for me, the only way that you can get to the other side.”