Smith appears alongside Rosario Dawson, Michael Ealy, Barry Pepper, Octavia Spencer and Woody Harrelson in Seven Pounds. The film is about a man (Smith) who wants to atone for the deaths of seven people in a car crash, including his fiancee, as a result of texting and driving.
Usually with the films that I make there are ideas that I connect to, but lately I’ve been dealing with the bittersweet in life because it feels more natural. You don’t ever get it really the way you want in life. That really fascinates me. As an actor, there are certain parts of a character that you create, and you train yourself to have those reactions and then it becomes hard to stop them when the role is over. You have to retrain yourself. My character in this film is like hot grits. You know you can’t shake them off and when you do, it hurts.