Will Smith has played a teenage tearaway living in a Bel-Air Mansion, an agent policing extra-terrestrial activity, a homeless salesman-turned stockbroker, and a virologist lieutenant in a post-apocalyptic sci-fi horror. Never, though, did the 44-year-old imagine playing the role of penalty-taker in front of a who’s who of soccer celebrities in London.
But that’s what the four-time Grammy Award-winner and 14-year-old son Jaden, also an actor and rapper, did at the UEFA Champions Festival – a star-studded appetiser to Bayern Munich’s pulsating 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley.
The Smith duo didn’t fare too well, missing their first few penalties apiece against former goalkeepers Edwin van der Sar and Jens Lehmann. When Smith Junior stepped up for his fourth attempt, however, Smith Senior wrestled the big Dutchman out of the way to allow the ball to fly into his net!
The likes of Cafu, Fabio Cannavaro, Youri Djorkaeff, Luis Figo, Christian Karembeu, Michael Laudrup, Freddie Ljungberg, Steve McManaman, Robert Pires, Davor Suker and Gianfranco Zola were watching on in amusement. The former footballers were taking part in the Ultimate Champions Match – a five-a-side tournament at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.