Man in Black Will Smith shoots hoops with TeamGB stars

17:30 16 May 2012

Will Smith (left) does pad work with Anthony Joshua, GB Super Heavyweight boxer PIC: Ian West/PA Wire

Will Smith (left) does pad work with Anthony Joshua, GB Super Heavyweight boxer PIC: Ian West/PA Wire

Hollywood star Will Smith shot hoops and threw punches with London Olympic hopefuls from TeamGB.

Drew Sullivan, captain for the GB basketball team, hurdler Perri Shakes-Drayton, super heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua and triple jumper Yamile Aldama, all hung out with the Fresh Prince of Bel Air star.

They met up at the Ethos Sports Centre in South Kensington, today.

“I’ve always loved sports - I love basketball and I love boxing. But I’ve never considered myself an athlete,” admitted Smith.

The 43-year-old previously dabbled in boxing for his Oscar-nominated performance as Muhammad Ali in 2001’s Ali, and has a share in the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team.

“I was a little bit goofy until I was about 14 or 15. The first time I ever saw myself look good athletically was in the first Bad Boys,” he continued.

“Michael Bay shot me running in slow-motion and I thought, ‘Hey, that doesn’t look half bad’ but other than that, I’ve never been really athletic.”

Smith - who will attend the gala premiere of his new film with co-stars Josh Brolin and Emma Thompson tonight - admitted to enjoying the exercise, which took place at.

“That is fun. That’s the first time I’ve ever done the hurdles and the triple jump, and had any interaction with it, so I’m gonna go ice myself down,” he said.

“That stuff is a lot harder than it looks on TV. I’m clearly not a hurdler. That gives you an idea of the peak physical condition that athletes have to be in. I had a little taste of it when I made Ali but there’s a whole other level of conditioning. I’ll be at the Olympics to watch,” he added.

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