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Will Smith causes a stir as fans don't recognize him during UK appearance

The star was promoting his new project

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Hannah Hargrave
US Deputy Editor
November 18, 2021
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Will Smith has one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood, but when he appeared for a virtual interview on Wednesday, some fans had to do a double-take.

The Men in Black actor showed up to promote his new movie, King Richard, but it was his youthful good looks which got many people talking.

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Will appeared on a huge screen as the hosts, Zoe Ball and Jermaine Jenas, chatted to him about playing Serena and Venus Williams' father in the film. 

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He wore a smart suit and flashed his famous smile during the interview, but Twitter was on fire with viewers asking, "Is that really Will Smith?"

While there's no doubt he looked dashing, it didn't stop fans talking. 

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"Will smith looks like a Pixar version of himself," wrote one. "Had to get the program info up on the one show to make sure it was actually him."

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Will's fans couldn't put their finger on what made him look so different 

Another said: "You know when a person doesn't look themselves when they don't have their glasses on. Will Smith on the one show, looks a little odd. Not sure why."

A third commented: "Convinced that is not #willsmith on @BBCOne. The One Show. Can’t work out why, but it’s not him!"

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Some viewers wondered if it was his new goatee which had thrown them off, as he no longer has a moustache, while others suggested he was just wearing a lot of makeup.

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Fans wondered if it was the absence of his moustache which made him look different 

Either way, Will certainly brought attention to his upcoming project, which he has been very busy promoting. 

Earlier this year, the father-of-three left fans in disbelief when they discovered his age. 

He shared a family photo to wish his twin siblings a happy 50th birthday and when his social media followers realized he was older than them, they were stunned. 

"Hang on they are 50?" wrote one, while a second said they were off to Google Will's age, and a third commented: "No way."

He does look good!

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