Sixteen years ago today, Will Smith
's film, Six Degrees of Separation
, hit theaters across the nation. In 1993, Smith was already a household name with Grammy winning hip-hop songs like "Summertime" and starring in NBC's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
. The teen dream took an extreme risk in Six Degrees of Separation
, playing a gay man who cons an Upper East Side couple by perpetrating as Sidney Poetier
Smith was praised across the board for portraying a role that was out-of-the box for his hip-hop and television persona. Variety raved, "Smith proves himself an extremely charismatic presence, convincing in his sincerity and cunning in conveying his ability as a human sponge." Even recently, in a review for the DVD release, MovieHabit.com praised, "A humble actor in a serious role." Six Degrees of Separation
racked in over $6.45 million dollars and would rank 133 at the box office for 1993.
Smith's next film, 1995's Bad Boys
, began an endless string of blockbusters. It's easy to see why 15 years later Jada
's man is the only actor in history to have eighth consecutive films gross $100 million.