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Imagine you're a single parent. You've been evicted, and you have nowhere for your child to sleep. What would you do? Will Smith's new movie, The Pursuit of Happyness, is based on the astounding true story of a homeless, single father. Will stars in the film with his real-life 8-year-old son, Jaden.

Will plays Chris Gardner, a single parent who insists on raising his son while he struggles to make ends meet. A chance meeting on the street with a successful stockbroker inspires him, and with the odds stacked against him, Chris talks his way into an unpaid internship with a brokerage firm.

Forced to lead a double life, Chris works on Wall Street by day and is homeless by night. Still, Chris dreams of a better life for his son...and then he makes it happen. It's the ultimate rags-to-riches tale.

"What I really connect to ... it's the idea of why I think America is such a great country," Will says. "The promise of America is such a great idea because this is the only country in the world that Chris Gardner could exist."
FROM: Homeless to Hollywood: Will Smith and the Real Chris Gardner
Published on November 22, 2006


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