Will Smith stars as Chris Gardner, a down-on-his-luck father who accepts an unpaid intern position at a prestigious stock brokerage firm in hopes of giving his son a better life. Despite having to spend nights in a homeless shelter with his five-year-old son (played by Smith’s son Jaden), Chris never falters in his determination to do everything in his power to make sure his son knows how much he’s loved. With Thandie Newton.
When I saw that 20/20 piece, ‘Chris Gardner walks through and retraces the steps’. There is a segment where he goes into the actual bathroom that he slept in with his son. I was like, ‘I’m making that movie.’ Then eventually I met with Chris. He was actually writing the book while we were shooting the movie. He would be on the set three, four days a week and every week he’d give me 10 pages, just run me through some of the ideas.