A recap video of the live-stream occasion — which befell on the actor’s 50th birthday — additionally ranked in first place on the YouTube Trending tab within the United States.
Will Smith made his 50th birthday fairly the spectacle by live-streaming himself, on YouTube, bungee leaping from a helicopter over the Grand Canyon. In its first 48 hours, YouTube Original’s broadcast of Will Smith: The Jump acquired over 17.5 million views. The recap video of the occasion additionally ranked in first place on the YouTube Trending tab within the United States.
Despite an adrenaline-filled celebration for the actor, the soar was the results of a problem the actor acquired from Yes Theory, a YouTube channel that movies movies of individuals doing actions outdoors of their consolation zone. The occasion additionally raised cash for charity by means of a web-based lottery providing a possibility to witness the soar in particular person.
Smith additionally partnered with Global Citizen to have the proceeds from the occasion profit training entry for youngsters in poverty-stricken international locations. Throughout the live-stream, Smith chronicled his pleasure, nerves and anticipation previous to boarding the helicopter. His Fresh Prince of Bel-Air co-star, Alfonso Ribeiro, hosted the viewing occasion, with Smith’s household additionally in attendance to witness his soar.
After Smith carried out his stunt and was proven dangling over the location in Arizona, the actor mentioned: "This is a few of the most lovely stuff I've ever seen in my life." He additionally described the expertise as going "from pure terror to absolute bliss."
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This article initially appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.