Will Smith turned 50 yesterday, and he celebrated hitting the half-century milestone in a pretty unique way: bungee-jumping out of a helicopter hovering over the Grand Canyon! That doesn’t sound like midlife crises to us!
The extreme stunt was the result of a challenge issued by the Yes Theory YouTube channel, which the “Independence Day” star accepted under the condition that he could use the jump to benefit Global Citizen, an international advocacy organization that’s aiming to eradicate extreme poverty worldwide by 2030.
Bungee experts said Smith jumped 550 feet and was held by 200 feet of active cord.
During the video, Smith revealed how a trip to the canyon in his childhood instilled in him a fear of heights. It seems leaping out of a helicopter from an absurd height is one way to knock that fear out of you.
Last week, Smith posted a video from his first bungee-jumping experience, when he took the plunge from the top of Zimbabwe’s famed 355-foot-high Victoria Falls.
“You know, you say ‘yes’ to things long before you actually know what they are,” Smith jokes to his crew before making the leap.