Will Smith Takes Lightning Strike As A Sign From God, Promises To Clean Up

Will Smith seems to have taken a lightning strike in Brazil as a sign for him to change his ways.

By Chad Langen | Published

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Although Will Smith has worked tirelessly over the past year to repair his image after slapping Chris Rock during the 94th Annual Academy Awards, the Bad Boys star seems to believe he still has some improvements to make. In a recent Instagram post, the 54-year-old star shared a carousel of photos capturing a shocking moment when a bolt of lightning struck the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro. In his caption, he said, “WHOA! Lightning struck O Cristo!! (Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio) Okay…I get it…I’ma straighten up!”

The stunning images of the bizarre incident were shared to social media on February 10th, and they have since gone viral. A photographer by the name of Fernando Braga is credited for capturing the breathtaking pictures. While most people were left mesmerized by the photos, Will Smith took them as a sign that he needs to change his ways.

The Oscar-winning actor shared the photos less than 24 hours ago, and his post has already garnered nearly 3.7 million likes. Additionally, over 32,000 users have taken to the comments to offer their opinions on the astonishing incident. While some users echoed the statement made by Will Smith, believing lightning striking the head of the Christ the Redeemer statue to be a sign from God, others were just amazed that somebody was able to capture the rare moment on camera.

Will Smith made his first attempt at a post-slap comeback in last year’s Emancipation. The actor plays a runaway slave in the drama, who forges through the swamps of Louisiana on a tortuous journey to escape plantation owners that nearly killed him. There was a lot of hype surrounding the picture prior to its release, but unfortunately, the film didn’t resonate with viewers.

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On Rotten Tomatoes, the Antoine Fuqua-directed flick has a “Rotten” score of 45% from 152 reviews by critics. From everyday viewers, the film holds a score of 55% from over 1,000 ratings from traditional audiences. Although Will Smith received heaps of praise for his fine performance in the picture, critics blasted the wasted premise and the Hollywoodization of the subject matter.  

Fortunately, Will Smith will have several more chances to redeem himself. Currently, he has multiple upcoming projects in the works, including the recently announced fourth installment in the wildly popular Bad Boys franchise. Smith will reteam with series star Martin Lawrence in the upcoming sequel, which is being directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.

Will Smith is also attached to star as Nicky Barnes in the biographical crime drama The Council. The film will center on the never-before-told story of a crime syndicate consisting of seven African-American men which rules Harlem in the 1970s, focusing on Nickey Barnes, who was dubbed “Mr. Untouchable” by the New York Times. The movie is currently in production and does not have a release date at this time.

Further out, Will Smith has signed on to star in a remake of Plains, Trains & Automobiles, alongside Kevin Hart. Story details are scarce, but the original centered on a pair of unlikely travel companions trying to make their destinations in time for the Holiday weekend. Ayesha Carr is directing the film from a screenplay she wrote.