Will Smith is sporting a salt-and-pepper beard these days, which he’s been doing since news of the current pandemic spread.
But some said they don’t approve of the new look, so Will responded in an Instagram video.
In the clip, he shared footage of some of his acting roles, including “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Aladdin,” “The Pursuit of Happyness” and “Men In Black.”
Each one of those characters he shows has a beard courtesy of computer generated imagery (CGI), which people said they found humorous.
“I’ve been reading the comments and y’all talking crazy about my beard, and I don’t know why y’all acting surprised,” said Smith. “I’ve been rocking a beard forever.”
In just 21 hours, the post racked up over 4 million views and over 18,000 comments were left.
“Laughter is like medicine,” wrote one fan.
“Hahaaa it’s rewind time,” another chimed in.
“The beard on Jaden though 😂😂😂,” a third person wrote.
People also debated among themselves about whether they liked Smith’s beard or not.
“Will you look like uncle phil with that beard. Lol!” one person opined.
“You look GOOD WITH OR WITHOUT. I miss fresh prince of bel air. Keep shinning,” another commented.
Michael Osterholm, the director for the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, also joined the conversation from another location.
At point one, he complimented Smith on his explanation of what viruses do and seemed pretty impressed.
Smith said he learned a lot about viruses while preparing for his role as a virologist in the 2007 film “I Am Legend.”
“A virus is essentially a micro-parasite, basically,” Smith explained. “So viruses use our cells to replicate themselves. A virus wants your whole body to be the virus. It grabs your cells and uses your cells to make more of itself, and that’s just what it wants to do.”
“[He explained what a virus is] better than most professionals I know,” said Osterholm after Pinkett Smith asked if her husband’s explanation was accurate. “He did a great job.”