Will Smith Says He’s In The ‘Worst Shape Of His Life’ After Sharing A Photo Of Himself Post-Lockdown


The 52-year-old actor posted a shot of himself wearing his boxers and a jacket in the garden – as you do – and shared how he’s piled on the pounds during the Covid-19 pandemic.

To be fair, he still looks OK, it’s been a long year for us all.

Smith is known for transforming himself for roles, dropping and gaining weight and muscle as needs be, so he’ll probably have less trouble getting back into shape than most of us.

Anyway, he shared the picture on his Instagram account, writing: “I’m gonna be real wit yall – I’m in the worst shape of my life.”

Fair play, if that’s the worst shape of his life he’s having a good one so far.

Luckily, he’s got an army of fans online that were queuing up to tell him that he’s doing OK.

One said: “You’re Will Smith! You can be in whatever shape you want.”

It should be clarified here that anyone can be in whatever shape they want, but the sentiment was no doubt appreciated.

Another said: “Let me be real with you. You’re 52. You look great.”

A third wrote: “You’ve been in shape your whole life. Enjoy the dad bod with pride!”

A host of celebrities also joked along with Smith in the comments, with rapper and actor Ludacris and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton both sharing crying with laughter emojis.

Musician and author Questlove commented: “This is the most amazing post in the history of social media.”

While DJ D-Nice simply said: “Living your best life.”

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It’s been tough trying to find the energy to do anything during this wretched pandemic, so it’s natural that some of us might have put on a little bit of weight.

Will has been known for years for being able to whip himself up into ridiculously good shape for roles that he has played.

Think, Independence Day or Ali.

During his preparations for the role of Muhammad Ali, Smith was trained up by former middleweight boxer and trainer to Sugar Ray Leonard, Darrell Foster.

He said that when Smith first began preparing for the role in 2000, Smith wasn’t exactly at the peak of his powers, either.

In an interview with TIME around that period, Foster explained: “He was out of shape.”

So, he decided to get Smith onto a regime of three mile runs every day, mixed with boxing practise, high protein food, and endless boxing watching.

Foster continued: “We went to Miami so he could get used to the humidity in Africa [where filming was taking place].”

After a while, he improved. Foster eventually said: “He’s great, he could fight for real. His hand speed’s real good.”

Clearly it wouldn’t take much for Smith to get back up to speed, if he wanted to.

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