I wrote a piece over at Moviefied NYC about the potential problem I see with the recent turn Jaden Smith’s career has taken. Basically, I think his father needs to back the hell off and let his son make it on his own. Hit the jump for an excerpt and link to the full article.
I know that there are a lot of showbiz families, but this is the most overt example of meritless familial inclusion in recent memory. On the one hand, I acknowledge the fact that Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, produced Jaden’s remake of The Karate Kid. In hindsight, that turned out really well for the then 12-year-old, as the classic was re-imagined in a very real and entertaining way. So, fair enough, his famous parents got him a gig opposite Jackie Chan. It worked, but the rest of his career should be based on talent and drive, not how influential his father can be on a production.