Will Smith bungee-jumps from helicopter over the Grand Canyon to celebrate 50th birthday
Will Smith chose to celebrate his 50th birthday by bungee jumping out of a helicopter into the Grand Canyon
Will Smith has decided to celebrate his 50th milestone birthday in a big way; he marked the special occasion by bungee jumping out of a helicopter, straight into the Grand Canyon on Tuesday.
The whole bungee jump experience was captured on camera and was live-streamed on the actor's YouTube channel which was hosted by former co-star and friend Alfonso Ribeiro. Smith made the choice to live-stream the jump in order to raise awareness and donations for Global Citizen’s education campaigns. The organization works to counter and combat global poverty and hunger.
Will's wife Jada Pinkett Smith and their children Trey, Jaden, and Willow were also present to see him jump 1000ft over the Grand Canyon. During the live-stream, Will admitted that he was scared of the jump and said, "I’ve had an interesting relationship with fear my whole life. [When I was younger, my family and I], we drove to the Grand Canyon, and I remember having a deeply meaningful experience of how beautiful it was, but I was terrified of walking to the edge."
"All my family walked up to the edge, but I stayed back, too scared to take in the beauty. I’ve made it a point in my life to attack anything that I’m scared of. I hate being scared. When the guys at Yes Theory challenged me [to bungee jump] I said, ‘Damn it,’ because I hate being scared," he continued. When Smith arrived on location, he was greeted by cheering fans. His son Jaden shared with Ribeiro, "I can’t believe that he’s doing it, actually, it’s crazy. I’m excited."
Several celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Thandie Newton, LeBron James, and DJ Khaled wished Will for his birthday in a video that was presented to him. Before he was allowed to board the helicopter, a stunt coordinator was required to check his blood pressure. "I got a little shakiness," he shared with the stunt coordinator. "That’s completely normal. If you were not nervous, I’d be worried about you," came the response. "In all the years I’ve known you, you are physically and mentally ready for this. So have fun," the stunt coordinator added.
"Is there anything you wish to confess?" someone asked Smith jokingly as he entered the helicopter. "Never look down, never look down," Smith was heard yelling back as the helicopter flew up. When the countdown to the jump ended, Smith jumped backward from the helicopter. After his jump, he yelled, "This is gorgeous! This is gorgeous! Yo. This is almost…this is some of the most beautiful stuff I’ve ever seen in my life. Beautiful. Beautiful."
Once Smith had safely reached the ground, he was overwhelmed with his experience and gushed about it to his family. "Nothing, nothing will ever be scarier than that. It goes from complete, absolute terror to the most magnificent bliss you’ve ever felt in your life," he shared. "It’s like the whole Grand Canyon is mine. It’s like no one will ever have that view. It’s almost like you need the terror to experience the bliss. It’s spectacular! I would definitely do it again! It’s spectacular," he continued.
When asked whether he had any final thoughts, he joked, "The commitment is real, the commitment is real. It’s like you meet somebody, and you like her, and she likes you, and you hesitate. Don’t hesitate! Commit!" A few hours before his jump, he posted a photograph with his family on Instagram and wrote, "My Squad holding me down for my big 5-0. We’re gonna start live streaming on my YouTube soon, link in bio #willsmiththejump."