He’s been known to pull off a full stunts in his life, but this one may take the cake.
Actor Will Smith bungee jumped out of a helicopter over the Grand Canyon Tuesday afternoon to mark his 50th birthday.
And keeping up with his good-guy, showman image, he live-streamed the stunt to help raise awareness and donations for education campaigns run by the international advocacy group Global Citizens.
Plunging into his 50’s: Will Smith bungee jumped from a helicopter in Little Colorado River Gorge, Arizona on Tuesday; the actor arrived at the scene with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and kids Willow, Trey and Jaden
Tension building: The stunt was live-streamed to help raise awareness and donations for education campaigns run by the international advocacy group Global Citizens
The stunt was billed as a leap ‘in the heart of the Grand Canyon.”
As the moment of truth arrived, you could see the apprehension and tension building in the actor’s eyes.
Then, just as the chopper lifted off, Smith made a heart sign with his hands. As they headed out over the canyon, he waved down below to his family, friends and fans.
‘Never look down, you never look down,’ the anxious star blurted out with his signature smile on his face.
Moments later the crew on board the helicopter counted down: ‘5, 4, 3, 2, 1.’
Wonder of the world: The Fresh Prince star jumped over a smaller gorge on the Navajo Nation near Grand Canyon National Park
The moment of truth! The chopper crew counted down: ‘5, 4, 3, 2, 1,’ and then Smith jumped out on cue, backwards with his arms outstretched
Initial terror: Smith’s first response was a terrified: ‘Oh my god’
Terror to bliss: ‘This is gorgeous. This is some of the most beautiful stuff I’ve seen in my life,’ the excited actor yelled out
Exhilaration! Smith repeated: ‘terror to absolute bliss’ over and over
Smith jumped out on cue, backwards with his arms outstretched. At first he sounded terrified: ‘Oh my god,’ he yelled out during the fall, but that quickly turned to excitement when he knew the bungee chord worked.
‘This is gorgeous. This is some of the most beautiful stuff I’ve seen in my life — beautiful, from terror to absolute bliss.’
Once on the ground, Smith couldn’t stop ranting about the experience.
‘Nothing will ever be scarier than that terror to bliss. You’re happy the chord worked. Then the whole Grand Canyon is mine, like me and the Grand Canyon. It’s like you need the terror to enjoy the bliss.’
The actor quickly embraced his family — including wife Jada Pinkett Smith, daughter Willow and sons Trey and Jaden. Jada, who was not in favor of the jump, had a change of heart and was overwhelmed by the stunt.
‘It was really a powerful experience; a spiritual moment when you dropped; I saw that freedom,’ she proudly proclaimed to her husband. ‘That was so inspirational and so gangster.’
Thumbs up: ‘You’re happy the chord worked. Then the whole Grand Canyon is mine, like me and the Grand Canyon’
Smith’s family looked on with excitement; pictured left to right: wife Jada Pinkett Smith, son Trey, daughter Willow and son Jaden
For Smith this was all about conquering a childhood fear and helping support charitable causes.
In a YouTube video posted earlier this month, he recalled visiting the Grand Canyon as a child but being terrified to walk up to the edge.
He only agreed to make the jump when the Youtube group Yes Theory challenged him.
‘I hate being scared,’ Smith said. ‘When the guys at Yes Theory challenged me [to bungee jump] I said, ‘Damn it,’ because I hate being scared.’
Smith auctioned the chance to watch the stunt play out live through Omaze last month in exchange for donations to the cause.
In the end, he faced his fear and conquered it.
‘It’s spectacular! I would definitely do it again! It’s spectacular.’
A man on a mission: Smith made the jump to overcome a childhood fear of heights and to help support charitable causes: ‘I hate being scared,’ Smith said about the challenge from the Youtube group Yes Theory
Mission accomplished! Once on the ground, Smith was overwhelmed with adrenaline and a sense of accomplishment
Fear conquered: ‘It’s spectacular! I would definitely do it again! It’s spectacular’