Will Smith bemoans on-screen intimacy

Will Smith has branded sex scenes ‘the worst part of acting’. 

Appearing on Friday’s episode of The Graham Norton Show, the star, who is blazing the promo trail with his new movie King Richard, spoke to the chat show host and Richard Osman about the low-points of acting and getting sexy on-screen. 

The star, 53, also revealed that he played one of his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s movies in front of his religious grandmother and ensured her sex scene was playing when the actress, who he wed in 1997, was introduced to the matriarch. 

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Ahem! Will Smith has branded sex scenes ‘the worst part of acting’ (pictured in Wild Wild West in 1998)

During Will’s appearance on the show, he sat on the famous sofa alongside Pointless star and author Richard, 50, who revealed his reluctance to write sex scenes into his wildly popular novels as he did not like reading them. 

He said: ‘I’m not interested in writing sex scenes. I always find it very peculiar. Love and romance are absolutely fine, but I really don’t want to read about it, so I don’t write about it. Everyone you have ever met will think you are writing about yourself!’

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Will then echoed his feelings on sex scenes in acting, saying: ‘Sex scenes are the worst part of acting – when you watch it in a movie there is music and wine but on set there is some big dude holding the microphone, chewing and watching you.’

The Hollywood star then spoke about his prank on Jada, saying: ‘She was going to meet my family for the first time. I was raised in a very religious household and my grandmother Gigi is all the way down with Jesus…

Loved-up: The star, 53, also revealed that he played one of his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s movies in front of his religious grandmother and ensured her sex scene was playing when the actress, who he wed in 1997, was introduced to the matriarch (Jada and Will pictured last month)

Having a laugh: Appearing on Friday’s episode of The Graham Norton Show, the star, who is blazing the promo trail with his new movie King Richard, spoke to the chat show host and Richard Osman about the low-points of acting and getting sexy on-screen

‘Because she was didn’t know who Jada was, I put on a movie of hers and worked out that by the time Jada arrived my grandmother would be watching the love scene…

‘She walked in, my grandmother was in the middle of the scene and she looked up and said to Jada, ‘When I was growing up people didn’t have to take their clothes off to make a movie.’ Jada took me aside and said, ‘Why would you do that?’…

‘I said, ‘I promise you it’s funny, maybe not now, but one day this is going to provide us with years of joy.’ We have been together for 27 years and she literally hasn’t chuckled once!’

Will also spoke about playing the father of Venus and Serena Williams in King Richard, saying: ‘It was such an opportunity to dive into the life of this family and spend time uncovering their amazing story…

Open and honest: During Will’s appearance on the show, he sat on the famous sofa alongside Pointless star and author Richard, 50, who revealed his reluctance to write sex scenes into his wildly popular novels as he did not like reading them

Hitting back: Will then echoed his feelings on sex scenes in acting, saying: ‘Sex scenes are the worst part of acting – when you watch it in a movie there is music and wine but on set there is some big dude holding the microphone, chewing and watching you’

‘He predicted Venus and Serena being the world’s number one and number two women’s tennis players two years before they were born! He wrote a 78-page plan. It was a really crazy prophecy and so amazing it’s hard to comprehend.’

Asked if Venus and Serena have seen the film, he said: ‘They said they would see us through the process and exec produce, but they wanted to see the movie before they decided if they would put their names to it…

‘It was the worst two hours of my life, but they were a mess with tears, and they loved it. I had made the mistake of watching Ali for the first time while sitting behind Muhammad Ali and mid-way through the movie, he turned to his wife and said, ‘Was I that crazy?’ 

Starring role: Will also spoke about playing the father of Venus and Serena Williams in King Richard, saying: ‘It was such an opportunity to dive into the life of this family and spend time uncovering their amazing story’

Elsewhere, he also asked Lin-Manuel Miranda to ‘help’ him with a one-man stage show, as he queried whether he could give him a hand on a project he’s wanted to make ‘for years’ as he hailed the director ‘the one of one in this business’.

He said: ‘This is probably a terrible thing to ask at this time, but I want to do a one-man show and I would love you to help me do it. I have had it in my mind for years and I think you are the one of one in this business.’

Lin-Manuel – who was on the programme via video link – seemed shocked but didn’t turn down the offer. He replied: ‘You heard it here first!’

The Graham Norton Show, BBC One, Friday 26th November and available on BBC iPlayer.