There’s no telling how long we’re going to be in this coronavirus pandemic, but it’s starting to feel real ‘I Am Legend-ish’ in here. The 2008 film starring Will Smith is about a virologist who’s the last man on Earth after a virus kills everyone.
The Smith family did a Red Table Talk episode with virus expert Dr. Michael Osterholm to talk about the coronavirus and everything we need to know. “I wanted to do this because in 2008 I made I Am Legend so I feel responsible for a lot of the misinformation. [Laughs.] Just as a family we’ve been siting down and we’ve been talking. When I was preparing for I Am Legend my character was a virologist so I had an opportunity in my preparation for the role to go to the CDC,” Will said.
Who would’ve thought that his role would’ve been so important more than a decade later? Will Smith revealed that the role helped him prepare for the current pandemic because he learned so much during research. “There was a basic foundational comprehension of viruses and viral pathogens that I developed and it really changed my life and how I looked at the world. There’s basic concepts that people do not understand,” Will Smith said.
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