Will Smith’s social media post of him dancing with his mother on her 85th birthday is the heartwarming video that 2022 needs. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star has long been a fan favorite, and throughout the years he’s managed to unequivocally establish himself as one of Hollywood’s truly good guys. Exactly what it is about the 53-year-old that makes him so downright likable is tough to define, but much of it can arguably be attributed to his charm and sense of humor, the likes of which audiences have been enjoying for decades.
At the same turn, however, Smith’s appeal was evident early on, even going back as far as his days as a rapper. Alongside DJ Jazzy Jeff, Smith performed as The Fresh Prince and introduced a sort of rap style that was very radio friendly, fun and which typically told stories that had some sort of humorous bent to them. The mainstream appeal of Smith’s music offered him the perfect opportunity to try and crossover into acting, and it was the arrival of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1990 that allowed audiences and fans alike to see that Smith definitely possessed a considerable amount of talent. In subsequent years, Smith made his mark on Hollywood in a big way, going from TV to film with roles in everything from comedy to action and drama and becoming one of the biggest stars on the planet.
Today, there’s a certain amount of expectation attached to everything that Smith does, and his fanbase remains just as dedicated as ever. With the past couple of years having been very challenging and at times downright tragic for so many, Smith is particularly skilled at being able to find positives in everything, and his sunny disposition never fails to make people smile. That’s exactly why Smith’s latest Instagram post, in which the star celebrates his mother’s 85th birthday by dancing with her to Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” is just the sort of thing to bring some much needed joy into 2022. Check out the video below:
85 Today! Happy Bday, Mom-Mom. Let’s dance our way to 100.
– Will Smith pic.twitter.com/qZnhVEj4fO
— Will Smith (@RealWillSmithFP) January 18, 2022
It’s extremely difficult not to crack a smile watching the two enjoy themselves so much, and at 85, Smith’s mother Caroline doesn’t look like she’s slowing down in the least. It’s also quite fitting that directly beneath Smith’s Instagram message to his mother is one from Jeff Townes, aka DJ Jazzy Jeff, supplying his own birthday wishes to Caroline – who he also refers to as “mom.” The familial bond seen in the video is quite fitting considering that Smith’s most recent film, King Richard, details the father/daughter relationship between tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams and their father, Richard (Smith). To date, there’s been Oscar buzz surrounding Smith’s work in the film, leading some to conclude that this could finally be the year that Smith takes home his first Academy Award.
For now, the 2022 Oscars are still more than two months away, with official nominations not set to be announced until February 8. Of all the accomplishments that Will Smith has achieved in his career to date, an Oscar has been one of the few that has consistently eluded him. There’s undoubtedly many theories circulating as to why this is, but even without the prestigious award, Smith’s fans remain dedicated to him. One look at him dancing with his mother should be enough to explain why, as his down-to-earth manner remains larger than any award.