Will Smith Gets Silly on 'The Tonight Show'


| LAST UPDATE 11/10/2021

By Molly Houghton
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Will Smith sat down with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show to talk about everything from his new memoir to his latest film. But the best part of the evening was when the two icons battled it out during the Name That Song Challenge. Here are all of the LOL-worthy details.

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The hilarious game is a usual on The Tonight Show. Viewers crack up as Jimmy competes with that night's guest to name which song The Roots are playing. And with a musical past and a talented singer as his daughter, Will proved to be a tough competition.

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The segment began with some silly dance moves from the host and his famous guest. And while Fallon immediately recognized the first song and rang his buzzer, Smith ended up stealing his point as he recalled the song's actual name: The Message by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five.

Will then hilariously mimicked Jimmy's attempt at rapping. "No, that's not how I rap!" the 47-year-old contested. Check out the funny moment for yourself above. The songs that followed provided the delighted audiences with more ridiculous dance moves and banter between Smith, Fallon, and the show's band.

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Later in the night, the award-winning actor delved into his latest role in King Richard, the biopic about Venus and Serena Williams' rise on the tennis court with the help of their dad and coach, Richard Williams. "It is terrifying when you play a real person that is still alive, and you know that they're gonna see it," Will said of his role as the legendary father.

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"Venus and Serena were really excited about the possibility, and they said that they, you know, would potentially be executive producers and they would walk us through the whole process but that they were gonna withhold whether or not they put their names on the film until they saw it," he revealed. "So then I get the call that Venus and Serena are walking into the theater to see the film. And it's the worst two hours ever." The iconic athletes' thoughts on the movie? "Venus and Serena cried all the way through, and they loved it," Smith proudly revealed.

You can catch Hollywood's funny guy in his dramatic role come November 18th, when King Richard is set to hit the big screen.