From an afternoon press conference to the opening night festivities, the actor basically stole the show with high-fives, laughter and even a little dancing at the top of the steps outside the Palais. When this year’s Cannes jury roster was announced, there was really only one head scratcher in the bunch: Will Smith.
At first glance, the actor might’ve seemed an odd choice to serve under president Pedro Almodovar for the 70th annual event, considering that none of the 40 films he’s made in his career have screened at Cannes, the most prestigious, and perhaps most discerning, film festival in the world.
But Smith, 48, who for years ranked as the biggest box-office star in the business, silenced snarky film snobs on Wednesday in the most fun way possible: Killing ’em with charisma.
He clearly didn’t forget to pack his movie star charm, showing up to a series of events to kick off the film festival and winning over press, cinephiles and adoring fans everywhere he went.
— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) May 17, 2017
One might dare to say that Smith even stole the show on opening night at the Palais where the festival opened with Arnaud Desplechin’s Ismael’s Ghosts.
After getting out of his car, Smith was seen posing for photos with fans against the barricades on the Croisette, high-fiving others, and saying hello to security guards in the street before making his red-carpet debut to join his fellow jury members for a group photo.