In the UK to promote the third in the Men in Black series, star Will Smith met up with some of the country’s brightest Olympics hopefuls – and even tried his hand at a few of the Olympic sports himself.
You would think as an action blockbuster star he’d be able to hold his own, and Will shot some hoops with team GB Basketball captain, Drew Sullivan, before being taught to hurdle by Perry Shakes-Drayton, a hopeful for the 400m hurdle event.
The actor confessed that he was very impressed with the physical shape of the athletes. Will said: "You know, that stuff is a lot harder than it looks on TV.
“I am clearly not a hurdler so, you know, seeing just how peak physical condition that athletes have to be in. I had a little taste of it when I made 'Ali' but there's a whole other level of conditioning."
When trying to teach Smith, triple jumper Yamile Aldama found that the actor was more inclined to entertain the press and break into dance moves – which might win him some headlines, if not some medals!
Meeting the team and being in the UK also got Smith in the Olympic spirit, and he shared his excitement about the upcoming games
He explained: "I'll probably come for a few days, you know. I love the hundred meters, I love the boxing, but generally I like to try to just mix it up and just go to events and things that I normally wouldn't go to.
“When the world comes together like that, it really is a great experience for me."
Anthony Joshua, the super heavyweight boxer said he was very impressed with Smith's boxing skills: "He dances, he moves, he's just like (Muhammad) Ali. I think (if you) give him an extra five minutes he would have been talking and shouting just like Ali, starting to get into his element. He was starting to get into his element."