But that hero is not Will Smith. It's his son, Jaden Smith, who gets the bulk of the "After Earth" action. The real-life father-son duo play a fictional father-son duo trapped on a far-future Earth, a deadly planet that's become uninhabitable for mankind. With the father seriously injured, it's up to the son to set out into the unforgiving wilderness and find a way off the planet.
The premise tasks Will Smith with taking a literal backseat as his son steers the adventure forward. Not that the "Independence Day" and "Men in Black" superstar is complaining about passing the action-hero torch, mind you.
"As a parent, it was great to watch him grow and develop," the elder Smith told MTV News of Jaden's work on the M. Night Shyamalan-directed movie. "There were things that were pretty edgy, stunt-wise, with a certain amount of difficulty. When people see the sequences cut together, it's magical."
Jaden's preparation for "After Earth" consisted of four months of training in areas ranging from rock-climbing to parkour. The 14-year-old actor also immersed himself in staff-training to learn how to use the Cutlass, a two-sided blade that soldiers in the "After Earth" universe wield during combat.
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