Photo Flash: Will & Jaden Smith Present AFTER EARTH to U.S. Troops at Fort Hood
On May 31, Will and his son Jaden landed at Fort Hood to present their new film AFTER EARTH to U.S. troops. The event, which was sponsored by the USO Entertainment and USO Fort Hood, gave the Smiths an opportunity to show their appreciation to the servicemen and women at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. Check out photos below!
"We definitely have a family commitment to the people who are serving our nation, because we are very grateful for that," said Jaden. "We couldn't live how we live now if it wasn't for them, so we really just want to appreciate that."
The event included a meet-and-greet where the Smiths chatted with over more than 100 wounded troops and their families, followed by a Q&A with about a dozen of the approximately 2,400 troops and family members who gathered at Abrams Physical Fitness Center for a special screening of the new film. Then came the surprise: a rare performance of some of Will's greatest songs, backed by his longtime recording partner DJ Jazzy Jeff.
For Will, who was smiling, nodding and beaming as his son answered the media's questions, it was a chance to work with the USO in bringing his talents to the servicemen and women in a way that works seamlessly with the USO's mission to lift the spirits of troops and military families.
"This is fantastic," Will said of the event. "I've been aware of the USO for years. ... We've been trying to find something for a while and this was just a perfect opportunity."