Hancock : Homeless hero with super strength

July 1st, 2008 - 8:09 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Hancock star Will SmithHancock, a film about a disgruntled hero with super strength and the ability to fly, stars the former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in a role.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference in Berlin, Germany, two weeks ago, Will Smith lets us in on his ultimate dream superpower - the power to read minds.

“I think a lot of the world’s problems could be solved if you knew what people were thinking,” says the 39-year-old actor, leaning forward in his beige suit.

“See, I know exactly what she’s thinking,” says the superstar as he points to a female reporter in the front row, gets up and kisses the surprised woman on both cheeks. Roaring laughter fills the room and Smith returns to his seat, next to his Hancock co-stars Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman, director Peter Berg and writer Akiva Goldsman.

“I was attracted to the idea of creating a superhero,” says Smith, who, along with the team, was promoting the film in various locations in Europe, including Paris and London

“I love being able to deliver a character to people in a way that leaves a mark on them. Kids are born with superpowers until their parents talk them out of it,” he adds, “But my advice to kids out there is don’t try to fly just yet.”

Hancock cost US$150million. “When we closed down those intersections, it made me realise the size of our production,” says Berg. “It was crazy. Half of Hollywood came to visit us. Seeing crowds of Will Smith fans gather every day makes you remember why tourists come to this city.”

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