Living legend Will Smith lives it up in spotlight on first visit to HK

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 December, 2007, 12:00am

Will Smith is one star who will never complain about media and public intrusion. In town over the weekend to promote his new movie, I Am Legend - in which he plays the last man on Earth after a deadly virus kills everyone or turns them into zombies - the actor basked in the spotlight. From high-fives and pictures at the airport, to hamming it up at a press conference and drumming up excitement at Times Square's Christmas-lights ceremony on Friday, the Fresh Prince clearly loved being the life of the party. 'Do I look like I have a problem with unwanted attention?' he joked during the media meet. 'I love this job! Other than Tiger Woods, I can't think of anyone I'd rather be.'

Ever grinning and kidding around, Smith said this was his first trip to Hong Kong.

'For years, I've seen Hong Kong in movies and had friends who came here. As this movie started to get released around the world, I knew I was going to go to Hong Kong' to promote it.'

He has been looking into projects with possible Asian collaborations, meeting Stephen Chow Sing-chi for a new version of The Karate Kid, featuring his son Jaden. Smith's daughter Willow has a small role in I Am Legend. 'The two children are very different. Jaden hates the cameras. He just wants to act, so he's like Johnny Depp. Willow loves it all. She's more Angelina Jolie.'