With their sci-fi action film creeping close to its premiere, actors Will and Jaden Smith are next up on New York Magazine‘s Summer issue.
Inside the upcoming June 6th issue, the father-son duo talk about working together, religion and how ‘After Earth’ metaphorically relates to them in real life:
Jaden on how different it is working with Will this time:
Well, with the first movie [Pursuit of Happyness], he was teaching me along the way. This is how the camera works. You do several takes. Like, literally everything you need to know about movies. And then, in Karate Kid, he was kind of holding my hand and watching me…distill those rules. And then on After Earth, he was like, All right, you’re an actor, I’m an actor, let’s make a movie together. So it was like a collaboration, you know what I’m saying?
Will on if ‘After Earth’ is a metaphor for his decision to let Jaden work in Hollywood:
Absolutely. That’s what I wanted the metaphor of this movie to be. A father having to watch as his son makes mistakes in the world, and in an extreme place of life or death. It is the excruciating parental pain of having to let your kids go, and you just have to hope that the lessons you’ve instilled will kick in at the right time.
Peep their animated, Art Streiber-photographed spread in the gallery below. After Earth hits the U.S. theaters on May 31st.