Actor and rapper Will Smith thought of himself a coward for a few years. As a boy, he was afraid of his abusive, perfectionist dad from whom he wished he might shield his mother. He found that performing, each musically and as an actor, mitigated the chance of vulnerability with the possibility to achieve all the things. His onstage humor, allure and originality received him worldwide fame and love—but additionally price him. In Will (16.5 hours), Smith tells his unbelievable true story of rising, falling and discovering himself.
In the identical method he research his TV and movie characters, Smith analyzes himself via vivid, theatrical anecdotes and stark metaphors. Rickety basement stairs develop into a descent into hell, and a recreation of Monopoly turns right into a contest between success and dying. By way of his clear narration, Smith turns into not only a character but additionally himself, and the listener can simply “get” him.
As Smith relates his story of studying transfer past merely surviving to thriving, his supply is spot on, with masterful imitations of relations, associates and colleagues. Musical interludes and background music create a soundscape from which epiphanies burst brilliantly. Smith’s autobiography is a hero fantasy for readers in search of self-awareness.