Will Smith borrowed $10 from a fan for gas
Will Smith used his fame to borrow $10 for gas from a fan.
The 48-year-old actor – who is married to Jada Pinkett Smith – is always happy to stop to meet fans when he’s out and about and on one occasion his celebrity status helped him get enough cash to get his car home when it had run out of fuel.
Speaking on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ on Monday (12.05.16), the ‘Suicide Squad’ actor said: "I was driving, and I realised I was on E (empty). I was on E, and I was like, ‘Oh no!’ because I was about 30 minutes from my house. So I pulled into the gas station and I didn’t have my wallet and I was like, ‘Oh tragedy!’ right?
"So I was like, ‘Oh I’ll call Jada’ [Pinkett Smith, his wife] but then she’d have to drive 30 minutes to come so I looked over on the other side and I saw a dude. He was, like, 36, and I was like, ‘That dude is a Fresh Prince fan.’ You can spot them!
"So I kinda rolled the window down and after a couple of minutes, he was like, ‘Will?’ He said, ‘Hey, man, can I get a picture?’ I said, ‘Yeah man, I need about $10.’"
The ‘Men in Black’ star tried to take the kind fan’s details so he could pay him the money back, but the man declined and told him to keep it.
He added: "We took the selfie, he lent me the $10. I was like, ‘Give me your number and I’ll send it back’, and he was like, ‘Dude no way. No way, that’s yours.’ "
And Will – who has three children Trey, 24, with his former wife Sheree Zampino, and Jaden, 18, and Willow, 16, with Jada – says it’s encounters such as this one that make him glad he’s famous.
He said: "I want people to recognise me. I’ve met a lot of people where fame can be burden, but I just love it man! I really do."