Will Smith Celebrated His Birthday By Bungee Jumping Near The Grand Canyon

"This is gorgeous!"

Tuesday marked actor Will Smith's 50th birthday, and he celebrated in a pretty extreme way โ€” by bungee jumping out of a helicopter. Although the jump was described as going "into the Grand Canyon," according to AP News, it was actually outside the park in the Navajo Nation.


Still, bungee jumping anywhere is quite the feat, and in this case it was for a good cause. According to People, Smith was challenged to make the jump by the YouTube channel Yes Theory, and used it as an opportunity to raise money for Global Citizen's education campaigns. He partnered with Omaze to auction off a chance to watch the jump in person.

Smith streamed the jump live on his YouTube channel. Beforehand, he recalled a previous trip to the Grand Canyon with his family when he was younger. "I remember having a deeply meaningful experience of how beautiful it was but I was terrified of walking to the edge," he explained. "All my family walked up to the edge but I stayed back, too scared to take in the beauty. I've made it a point in my life to attack anything that I'm scared of."

According to E! News, the actor commemorated this trip by arriving for the stunt in a camper van like the one his family used in 1976. His wife Jada Pinkett Smith and his three kids, Trey, Jaden, and Willow, were there to watch their dad make the jump. 

"This is gorgeous! This is gorgeous!" Smith declared as he hung, later adding, "It goes from complete, absolute terror to the most magnificent bliss you've ever felt in your life."

"My father passed a little over a year ago, and there's something about the confrontation with death that makes you live life more freely," Smith said of the experience, using it as an opportunity to encourage people to take risks in life. "Life is hard. You might get hurt, your heart might get broken, you might lose your job, but you still gotta commit ... You might get hurt, you might lose something, but you can't experience the joy that is intended for you in life if you don't go."

This isn't even the first time Smith has bungee jumped. Earlier this month, he shared a video of his first jump, from a bridge at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. "I've been wanting to do this for 20 years," he said at the time.

Check out Smith's latest thrilling jump in the video below:


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