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Will Smith, a box-office enigma in age of the ensemble blockbuster
Will Smith, a box-office enigma in age of the ensemble blockbuster

Will Smith is clearly not someone who is accustomed to failure. He had a hit hip-hop song on the radio when he was still in high school and has been wildly successful ever since. From the outset of his career, Smith's trademark as a star has been his ability to project the confidence that there's nothing — whether it's an alien invasion, a robot uprising, a legion of post-apocalyptic mutants or simply parents who just don't understand — that he can't conquer through the sheer power of his charisma and casual machismo. He has ridden that air of unwavering self-assurance to more than $6 billion in worldwide grosses, making him one of the most reliably...

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