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Will Smith Teams Up With The Slow Mo Guys for YouTube Video

Will Smith returns to theaters this week in Gemini Man, a sci-fi thriller in which he plays a hitman and—through digital de-aging—a younger clone of said hitman. Critics were not impressed.

However, the rapper/actor/forever-reigning-Fresh-Prince-in-our-hearts has scored a hit online with a guest appearance on The Slow Mo Guys’ YouTube channel. The video has a much simpler premise: The ever-affable Smith breaks stuff in a parking lot, picking from an arsenal that includes some ridiculous devices, and we get to see it in slow motion. It’s presently the number-two trending video on YouTube.

The Slow Mo Guys do exactly what the name implies: They pull off stunts, like opening a condom in a wind tunnel or lighting a million sparklers, and then play the footage back in slow motion. Smith is a fan.

Host Gavin Free guides Smith through smashing a watermelon with a baseball bat, shooting a Subaru Outback with a potato gun and wielding a flamethrower against two mannequins topped by with cut-outs of Smith’s face at different ages, in a super low-fi recreation of Gemini Man’s premise.

Smith was very excited about that flamethrower.

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“Die, you dirty young me trying to kill the old me!” Smith shouts before he engulfs a Fresh Prince-era photo of his face in orange flames.

Before he batters the fruit, Free asks Smith, “Do you have any pent-up aggression that you’re going to be putting into this melon?”

“I’m trying to think of my motivation,” he says as he works his stance. (Maybe whoever talked him into doing Suicide Squad?)

However, the actor had more than anger on his mind as he prepared for the stunts. “I just turned 51 last week, so I am mainly thinking of trying to not hurt myself,” said Smith. “Whatever you do, don’t tear a neck muscle on The Slow Mo Guys because you’re going to tear it in slow motion.”

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