Smith: Willow wants to enjoy life
Published 07/02/2013 | 12:51
Will Smith has revealed why his daughter Willow decided not to star in the Annie remake - because she wanted to be a normal teenager.
The Men In Black star admitted that even the thought of working with Jay-Z (who would be composing the music score) and Beyonce couldn't tempt the 12-year-old to take the leading role in Will Gluck's remake, which would be produced by Will and his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith.
"Willow was supposed to be doing Annie. We got Jay-Z to do the movie, got the studio to come in and Willow had such a difficult time on tour with Whip My Hair and she said, 'You know Daddy, I don't think so'," he told Hip Hop Wired.
"And I said, 'Baby, hold up!' I said, 'No, no, no, listen, you'll be in New York with all of your friends and Beyonce will be there. You will be singing and dancing,' and she looked at me and said, 'Daddy, I have a better idea, how about I just be 12'," added the father-of-three.
Will admitted that Willow had taught him how to "snap ourselves back and refocus on the emotional needs of the people that we love".
No actress has been announced to take over from Willow yet, although Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis, who starred in Beasts Of The Southern Wild, is rumoured to be one of the frontrunners for the part.