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Will Smith: 'I was scared' of flying

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  • Will Smith plays alcoholic superhero with bad attitude in "Hancock"
  • Some of flying scenes up to 60 feet in the air, Smith says
  • Star says the part was appealing because of the dissolute character
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From Doug Ganley
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NEW YORK (CNN) -- Will Smith may have beaten up aliens in "Independence Day," taken a punch in "Ali" and even suffered at the hands of love in "Hitch," but he draws the line at flying.

Will Smith plays a disgruntled superhero in "Hancock."

Not in a plane, mind you. As a superhero, which he plays in the new movie "Hancock."

"Some of the flying scenes were 40, 50 miles per hour, 60 feet up in the air, so it had me, um, a little, little ... all right, I was scared," he admitted in an interview with CNN. "I can say that. It's a superhero movie, but I think in real life I was a little nervous."

In "Hancock," Smith plays John Hancock, a superhero with an attitude problem: Though he's saved lives and brought criminals to justice, the collateral damage he causes make him an unpopular figure. With the help of a public relations man and his wife, played by Jason Bateman and Charlize Theron, he starts to turn things around -- but, as always, there are complications.

Smith, the box-office powerhouse (his last film, 2007's "I Am Legend," grossed more than $250 million domestically), says the part was appealing because of the dissolute character.

"There was something that always bummed me about superhero movies that create alternate worlds," he said. "I've always loved the idea of a superhero being in today's world, right now, as it is. And to be able to put Hancock into this world as a real person with real problems, I just thought it would be something revolutionary and genre-breaking."

And if there's a sequel, which is on the drawing board?

"We're going to do the flying different," Smith says. "All [computer-generated] flying next time." Will you see 'Hancock'?

"Hancock" opens nationwide Wednesday.

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