Will Smith says Focus will fool cinemagoers

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 February 2015
Margot and Will

Margot Robbie and Will Smith

Hollywood actor Will Smith has claimed that the sleight-of-hand moves in his new movie 'Focus' - which also stars Margot Robbie - will fool cinemagoers

Will Smith thinks the sleight-of-hand moves in 'Focus' will fool cinemagoers.

The 46-year-old Hollywood actor - who stars alongside Margot Robbie, 24 - plays the role of conman Nicky in the romantic comedy-drama film and says that some of the tricks performed in the movie are sure to keep audiences hooked.

Speaking at the UK premiere of the movie in London's Leicester Square, he told BANG Showbiz: "I think the level of the cons are ridiculous.

"There's a scene in the middle of this movie that's going to be the signature scene of this film. And it's a magnificent con that just creatively and artistically, people are going to love being fooled in a movie theatre."

Will learnt the sleight-of-hand tricks from Las Vegas theatrical pickpocket Apollo Robbins, but he confessed that his talents pale in comparison.

Asked how his skills match-up to the expert, Will said: "Apollo is a master. I've got none of that stuff. I can't do it."

Apollo designed sleight-of-hand moves that have never been seen before on film, according to producer Denise Di Novi, who said he's been "a tremendous resource both technically and creatively during this process".


  • 2 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 1h 44min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Glenn Ficarra/John Requa
  • Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro
  • UK release: 27 February 2015

Nicky (Smith) is a lifelong con man who takes wannabe swindler Jess (Robbie) under his wing, only to fall for her; dull romantic twists and not-very-ingenious stings ensue. The two stars have almost no chemistry and the film's greatest scam is that it fools you into thinking it's going to amount to more than it does.

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