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Will Smith: I have no issue with paying taxes and whatever needs to be done for my country to grow. I believe very firmly that my ability to sit here—I’m a black man who didn’t go to college, yet I get to travel around the world and sell my movies, and I believe very firmly that America is the only place on Earth that I could exist. So I will pay anything that I need to pay to keep my country growing. . . .
Interviewer: Do you know how much in France you would have to pay on earnings above one million euros [under new French President Francois Hollande’s proposal]? Not 30%. 75%.
Smith: 75?!!! Yeah, that’s different, that’s different. Yeah, 75. Well, you know, God bless America.
GUTFELD: Yes, tax them too. That was painful.
But there is, a celebrity having a genuine epiphany on live TV. You don’t see that often. It’s like a young man looking at his first pay stub and seeing the government bite. Lovely for most celebrities, they make so much money it doesn’t matter, which is why Robin Hood is their hero — as long as he only robs from you.
He is also a founding Board Member and Finance Director of the Fayette Pregnancy Resource Center and serves on the Board of the National Equal Rights Institute.
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