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Will Smith, 53, Climbs Burj Khalifa in Dubai In His New YouTube Series

Updated: Nov 12, 2021

Will Smith's new YouTube series Best Shape of My Life, is full of laughable, uplifting and vulnerable moments. But perhaps the most notable bit of Monday's two premiere episodes was his climb to the top of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Will Smith, 53, Climbs Burj Khalifa in Dubai In His New YouTube Series

The building is 2,722 feet tall and has 160 floors. In episode two, My Secret Shame, the 53-year-old made his mission to reach the top after a disappointing start to his weight loss and journey as a book author.

The episode began with the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum reading a chapter from his upcoming autobiography. He recalled his childhood with his militant father, Willard Carroll Smith, Sr.

My father was my hero," he began as he described his parent. He demanded strict perfection from himself and those around him.

He told an anecdote about the time he was 11 years old, and his father required him and his brother to put up a new wall at the front of his shop.


'He thought it would be a good project for my brother Harry and me,' Will explained. I remember the number of times I stared at the hole, completely discouraged.

But his father, whom he called Daddy-O, stopped him and his brother in their tracks and told them, 'Stop thinking about that damn wall. Your job is to lay this brick perfectly and then move on to the next brick.

After almost a year, the brothers were proud to have accomplished the challenging task and learned perseverance.

Now that the goals the comedian had set for himself as a middle-aged adult seemed daunting, he thought back to the lesson he had learned as a child.

After working with a trainer for two weeks and very slowly dropping the pounds, Will declared, "I have never looked this bad. But I am going to change it.


The actor's remedy was to fly to Dubai, twelve hours from his home in