Will Smith decided to celebrate his 50th birthday on Tuesday by bungee jumping over the Grand Canyon. The entertainer went the extra mile and performed the feat live on his YouTube channel.
According to Variety, Smith was dared by Yes Theory, a YouTube group that challenges the ideas of normalcy and fear, in July. He agreed to the jump to bring awareness to the international advocacy group Global Citizen and their educational campaigns.
In the video, viewers see the former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star waiting for the terrifying leap at the side of the helicopter. Moments later he sprung backward with his arms extended at both sides. A group of onlookers cheered him on including his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, his three children and former co-star Alfonso Ribeiro.
According to Fox News, Smith described the experience as “spectacular” and said he would do it again.
He continued, “And I don’t know what it is when the cord works – first of all, you happy the cord worked, right. Then it’s like the whole Grand Canyon is mine,” he said. “I’m just kinda hanging there and the choppers far away – you’re not really hearing it – it’s like just bliss and it’s like nobody will ever have that view. It’s like me and the Grand Canyon, it’s like that combination. It’s almost like you need terror to experience the bliss.”
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