Jaden spoke about working with his dad. He explained, “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?”
As for Will, he chimed in, “It may seem like we have pushed our kids into the business, but that is absolutely insane. I would never, ever, push somebody to have their face on a poster that’s going [to] be everywhere in the world. He is making a choice from the informed. It’s less scary to me than if he wanted to be a dentist in that I couldn’t help with what he’d chosen. I have relationships with some of the biggest filmmakers and actors and producers on Earth. So I can be a huge help.”
Read more in the summer issue of New York magazine, available now.