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Chris admits he had his doubts when he first heard Will Smith was going to play him in the movie. "His music, his movies, I've always loved him," Chris says. "But I thought, 'Oh man, Will Smith. He never did anything like this.'"

But Chris's daughter changed his mind. "She broke it down for me," Chris says. "She says, 'Pop, if he can play Muhammad Ali, he can play you.'"

The reason the movie is so good, Chris says, is because of the trust Chris and Will had in one another. "When we met, my initial response to Will [was] ... 'I'm going to be this open and then I'll trust you as an artist to cut, paste, slice, dice, do whatever artists do.' So it's a tribute to Will."
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FROM: Homeless to Hollywood: Will Smith and the Real Chris Gardner
Published on November 22, 2006

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