Magazine article Variety

Jacob Latimore: 'Because I'm the Newcomer, I Had to Prove Myself.'

Magazine article Variety

Jacob Latimore: 'Because I'm the Newcomer, I Had to Prove Myself.'

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Jacob Latimore is on a creative roll: His first album, "Connection," was released at the beginning of December, and he's starring with Will Smith in the Warner Bros. pic "Collateral Beauty." He also has two other films in the works: He'll play the central role of Bo, a young street magician, in WWE Studios' "Sleight," scheduled to open in April, and he's working with Kathryn Bigelow on an untitled Detroit-based project.

How was working with Will Smith?

It was incredible. He was telling me, "You gotta come at me - don't respect me in this scene." Because I'm the youngest in the cast, and I'm the newcomer on the block, I had to prove myself. And I had to put aside the fact that I was working with the biggest movie star in the world.

One of the greatest things he said to me was, "If we can make people laugh and cry in one scene, we're killing it." When I looked at the movie, I found myself crying and laughing, and I told myself, "Man, he was right." There's not a dry eye in the room, and there's a smile on everyone's face because the movie brings a beautiful energy.

Your character, Raffi, is meant to embody time. Was it difficult playing an abstract concept? …

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