Will Smith rakes in loot, shows off mansion

A new Architectural Digest cover story shows off the Malibu mansion owned by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.
A new Architectural Digest cover story shows off the Malibu mansion owned by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.
Posted: August 03, 2011

The Prince of Bel-Air is still royalty in Hollywood, as a new moneymaker list and an Architectural Digest cover story make clear.

Will Smith, the West Philadelphia rapper-turned-movie star, hasn't headlined a box office hit in more than two years, but he still was the fourth highest paid actor last year, according to Forbes.com.

His $35 million haul, though, included his signing bonus for doing Men in Black III, his agents vs. aliens action-comedy due out next May. While shooting scenes in New York this spring, Smith made headlines because residents objected to his hogging street space with his gigantic personal trailer - and a second one for his gym. He moved them to a private lot at Mayor Michael Bloomberg's request.

Heading the list were Leonardo DiCaprio with $77 million, Johnny Depp with $50 million, and Adam Sandler with $40 million.

All four topped the highest paid actresses, Angelina Jolie and Sarah Jessica Parker, whose $30 million apiece led a separate list Forbes released last month.

But if folks thought Smith's trailer was posh, with marble floors and cherrywood cabinets, they should check out the September issue of Architectural Digest.

The cover features the actor and wife Jada Pinkett Smith, touting an "exclusive" with "Hollywood's power family."

Remarkable is how the Smiths - who live with their two children, Jaden and Willow, and Trey, his son from his first marriage - went all out for custom handiwork in their 25,000-square-foot, adobe-style mansion.

"Hundreds of master woodworkers, plasterers, metalsmiths, stonemasons, and upholsterers contributed their expertise to this deeply personal project," according to the report.

"Everything needed to be done by hand. We wanted to feel the love and labor that went into every piece of this place," Will Smith is quoted as saying.

"We're very earthy, organic people," Pinkett Smith says. "We wanted to create a family retreat, something made by hand and as natural as possible, something that ties back to the land."

There's also a lake, with a gazebo on land jutting into the center. "Answers come to me there," Smith says in a caption.

For more, visit the website at http://bit.ly/o7wxkt.

Some called Smith Hollywood's biggest star during a string of blockbusters from Bad Boys in 1995 to Hancock in 2008. His last starring role was in Seven Pounds, which hit theaters in December 2008.

Projects involving his kids have been his most recent successes. Smith produced The Karate Kid, which starred Jaden and raked in $176 million last year. Willow had a hit last fall with the song "Whip My Hair."

Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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