This Day In Film: ‘Six Degrees of Separation’Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 12:00 am.
Sixteen years ago today, Will Smith’s film, Six Degrees of Separation, hit theaters across the nation. In 1993, Smith was already a household name with Grammy winning hip-hop songs like “Summertime” and starring in NBC’s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The teen dream took an extreme risk in Six Degrees of Separation, playing a gay man who cons an Upper East Side couple by perpetrating as Sidney Poetier’s son.
Smith was praised across the board for portraying a role that was out-of-the box for his hip-hop and television persona. Variety raved, “Smith proves himself an extremely charismatic presence, convincing in his sincerity and cunning in conveying his ability as a human sponge.” Even recently, in a review for the DVD release, MovieHabit.com praised, “A humble actor in a serious role.” Six Degrees of Separation racked in over $6.45 million dollars and would rank 133 at the box office for 1993.
Smith’s next film, 1995’s Bad Boys, began an endless string of blockbusters. It’s easy to see why 15 years later Jada’s man is the only actor in history to have eighth consecutive films gross $100 million.