The Hollywood Reporter recently gathered Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo, Benicio Del Toro and Joel Edgerton for their latest — and star-studded — edition of Actor Roundtable.

The guys discussed everything from their biggest mistakes and acting heroes to peeing in the sink before doing a scene. Yep, it was a pretty honest conversation. But none were as open as Will Smith, who talked about why he turned down the role for Django Unchained, falling out of love with acting four years ago and how his daughter Willow helped him put people over products.

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On his new movie Concussion and turning down Django Unchained:

On falling out of love with acting:

Was there ever a point where you fell out of love with acting?

SMITH I had a brief period, four years ago. In retrospect, I realize I had hit a ceiling in my talent. I had a great run that I thought was fantastic, and I realized that I had done everything that I could do with the “me” that I had. And I didn’t work for about two years, and I [went through] marriage counseling, 50 parenting books, all of that stuff. And I really dived into me, and then all of a sudden it was like, “Oh!” And I found the connection. Your work can never really be better than you are, you know? Your work can’t be deeper than you are.

On how his daughter Willow changed his perspective:

I’ve always been really product-oriented. I want to win. When I do something, I want to be number one, and I want to smash it. And I have a 15-year-old daughter, and she got me and shifted my focus from product to people. It took a couple of years, but as soon as I got knocked off of product and started shifting to people, the whole world opened up for me again, and acting opened up in a whole new way — to not go into day one of a movie trying to figure out what everybody has to do so we win versus opening up and every person is a whole new world. [Before that,] when I went into a meeting with a director, my focus was: Can this guy win, can this girl win? And it was a pathology that broke for me a couple of years ago, and I fell in love and then I couldn’t imagine what else I could do that could add so much to my life other than acting.

Read more of the conversation here, and stay tuned for the full roundtable airing on January 17 at 11am ET on Sundance TV.


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