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Actor Will Smith admits to tearful side

Press Association logoPress Association 15/12/2016 Laura Harding

Hollywood star Will Smith has admitted he dissolved into tears as he watched his teenage daughter Willow drive away from their house for the first time.

Smith, who is also father to sons Jaden and Trey, confessed he is more of a soft touch than people think.

"I cry a lot. My daughter just turned 16 and I watched her drive away from our house about three weeks ago," he said upon his arrival at the European premiere of Collateral Beauty, in which he plays a grieving father.

"I was out there in the driveway as she was driving away just boo-hooing like crazy, thinking 'my baby is 16 years old'."

"That was my highlight of the year too, it felt like a huge parenting accomplishment but she doesn't really pay enough attention, she feels safe in the world so when she's driving she's very happy, I want her to feel less safe when she's driving."

In the film The Men In Black star plays an advertising executive struggling to deal with the loss of his daughter by writing letters to Love, Time and Death.

Smith said he tried to avoid thinking about his own children when dealing with the difficult subject matter.

"I try not to go method acting where I'm allowing those thoughts of the character's traumas to drift in to my own," he told the Press Association.

"I try to separate it as much as possible but it was much more watching the film when it started to hit me in that way. I cried my eyes out."

Smith stars opposite Dame Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Ed Norton and Kate Winslet in the film.

Collateral Beauty will be released in UK cinemas on December 26 and in Australia on January 12.

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