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Will Smith felt ‘trapped by wealth’ in middle age

WILL SMITH has said he was spurred on to make a bucket list after feeling trapped by his wealth and fame in middle age.

The Men In Black star celebrated his 50th birthday last September and in February launched an online video series called Will Smith’s Bucket List.

The actor admitted it was an attempt to escape fear and find ‘the freedom to do all of the things that I had put in my mind that I couldn’t do’.

Smith said a ‘huge part’ of his childhood had been ‘marked by fear’.

‘You can generate great things, you can succeed and win, but you can never really be happy if you’re scared,’ he told The Graham Norton Show.

‘I’d turned 50 and I’d created this wonderful life and this wonderful career, but I felt trapped by being Will Smith — I have kids so I can’t do that, or I’m famous so I can’t say that, or people look at me so I can’t behave like that — so part of the bucket list was to give myself the freedom to do all of the things that I had put in my mind that I couldn’t do.

‘I’m now being adventurous, and I’ve always wanted to be that.’

Smith appears as the Genie in British film-maker Guy Ritchie’s new imagining of 1992 animated classic Aladdin which is released later this month.

The Graham Norton Show airs at 10.30pm tonight on BBC One.