Will Smith video responding to West Philly mural goes viral

He'll raise money for the school hosting the mural and the artist who put it there.

Cherri Gregg
July 02, 2018 - 1:01 pm
London-based artist Richard Wilson was inspired to create a 60-foot mural of Will Smith.

Cherri Gregg | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) Will Smith is featured in a 60-foot mural on the outside of a West Philadelphia school. The actor caught wind of the honor and posted a video that went viral. 

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He has promised to go see the mural in person soon and launched a line of merchandise to give back to the school.

Titled "West Philadelphia Born and Raised," the preview has received more than 2 million views on Facebook.

"The idea that there would be a mural of me on the side of a school in West Philadelphia just wrecked me," Smith said. 

The five-minute mini-documentary on YouTube tells the story of the mural funded and painted by British artist Richard Wilson. The larger-than-life painting shows Smith suited and seated, in the style of Kinhinde Wiley's portrait of Barack Obama, meant to inspire the children of Global Leadership Academy on West Girard. 

CEO of the school Dr. Naomi Booker said, "Knowing that this man is from West Philly opens eyes for them. It opens their lens."

Will Smith is selling t-shirts, phone cases and other items featuring the mural image — with 100 percent of the proceeds going to GLA and Wilson.