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In 2012, Will Smith’s dad, Will Smith Sr., collaborated with trumpeter pal Tony Smith on a novel titled The WayMor, the story of a jazz club where a colorful cast of characters -- Marvin, Shirley, Crystal, Emily, Lucky and Kenny -- get “way more” than they bargained for. And it wasn’t long before the book’s critical success spurred the 70-something duo into moving from the printed page to the silver screen. “Right now, we’re trying to turn the book into a movie, which has been a big challenge,” he tells Chatting with Sherri host Sherri Rabinowitz. “And my son is absolutely helping. Not as far as the actual writing of it goes. Rather, he has given us a lot of perspective on theme and character development and all of the things that you need to do to be a pro at telling a story. We get a lot of tips along those lines.”
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