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Will Smith: 'Collateral Beauty' Helped Me Cope With My Father's Death

Will Smith says filming 'Collateral Beauty' was therapeutic in a way because it helped him deal with his own father's death.

"This has been one of the greatest confluences of life and art that I've ever experienced," he says in an interview with People.

"Some of the issues that the character is dealing with are so profoundly perfectly timed for what I was experiencing in my life," he explains. "It was just a fantastic opportunity to grow as an actor while I was growing as a man."

In the movie, Smith stars as an advertising executive who is forced to deal with the death of his 6-year-old daughter. The actor's father, Willard Carroll Smith Jr, passed away last month.

"I think more than ever I see — and intellectually I've accepted that it's still difficult emotionally — I understand that suffering is how we grow," he says.

"Even in my life with Jada, like I'm a hopeless romantic, but romance is not love," he candidly says.

"That's not what love is. That fluffy, fancy, pretty stuff is actually anti-love. It keeps you away from love. Love is really born of surviving with somebody."

December 9, 2016 |

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