After embracing his lockdown body, Will Smith vows to make a change

Calabasas, California - Will Smith recently shared a candid photo of the pounds he has gained since lockdown. Now he's released an even more revealing photo to Instagram to mark the start of his next fitness journey.

Will Smith (52) received a lot of criticism as Genie in Disney's live action Aladdin, with some people saying he wasn't toned enough for the part.
Will Smith (52) received a lot of criticism as Genie in Disney's live action Aladdin, with some people saying he wasn't toned enough for the part.  © imago/Everett Collection

To the tune of Don't Cha by the Pussycat Dolls, Will Smith ironically throws himself into a model-like pose.

The superstar proudly puts his hands on his less-than-perfectly-toned hips, lifts his chin, and looks confidently into the camera.

This short boomerang clip deserves respect precisely because such unedited shots are unusual in the glitz and glamour world of Hollywood, where appearances are often crucial.

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Plus, Smith also knows these images will hang around the internet forever.

The text under the post expresses gratitude: "This is the body that carried me through an entire pandemic and countless days grazing thru the pantry."

But the former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has also decided that his body deserves more respect: "No more midnight muffins…this is it! Imma get in the BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE!!!!!"

The post announced a collaboration with YouTube, which will likely mean a running documentary on Smith's efforts to retone his 52-year-old body.

Will Smith humorously showcases his body on Instagram

Will Smith has kept his body in shape for many years

Will Smith is no longer as perfectly trained as he was previously – but he stands by his body in a refreshing way.
Will Smith is no longer as perfectly trained as he was previously – but he stands by his body in a refreshing way.  © collage: Imago/ Future Image International & Zuma Wire

After all, the actor has shown off his formerly chiseled physique in countless films, but maintaining such a figure requires a tremendous amount of discipline.

In more recent roles, such as 2020's Bad Boys for Life, Smith openly joked about the struggles of reaching middle age.

But the former rapper takes it all in stride, having put a lot more focus in recent years on his family, particularly through their new talk-show program, Red Table Talk.

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After reaching fame on The Fresh Prince in the 90's, Smith moved on to bigger movie roles such as Men in Black and Public Enemy No. 1. He was likely in the best shape of his life while playing legendary boxer Muhammad Ali. Smith still holds that he is the most proud of his work in the film Ali, winning an Oscar for Best Actor for the role.

Smith definitely has motivation to get his body back in shape as he's slated to appear in four upcoming films: King Richard, Bad Boys 4, Bright 2, and The Council, with three already in pre-production.

Cover photo: collage: Imago/ Future Image International & Zuma Wire

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