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Will Smith knows a thing or two about summer blockbusters. With the huge success of "Independence Day," "Bad Boys Two," and both "Men In Black" films, many in Hollywood call July "Big Willie Month".

He looks to keep that winning streak going this year as a futuristic police detective investigating an unlikely murder in "I, Robot." The movie debuted at the top of the box office this weekend and marked Smith's best opening ever.

The film is based on science fiction author Isaac Asimov's short stories about robots. Smith says he embraced the idea of working with a digital character and tells The Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith it is not a film of just special effects.

"This film marks what I believe is the most complete film I've ever made," Smith says. "With the eye candy - we got explosions, robots, all of that- but the director, I think, has created a story that is almost a small art film, wrapped in a big summer blockbuster. "

Directed by Alex Proyas, the movie stars Smith as Detective Del Spooner who is robophobic. "That's the term we use in the film. He's robophobic," Smith explains. "He had a bad experience with robots, and 2035 Chicago is a time where robots live and work amongst us and have never committed a crime and essentially have adhered to these laws perfectly."

Robots are trusted as a part of everyday life, until Spooner investigates a murder that may have been committed by one of them.

For his role, he says he had to be in top shape, and the result has been women screaming when they see his body.

"That's my first, like, completely naked scene," he says. "It was more than naked. It was a little weird with grips standing around."

And aside from his wife, he says, he usually doesn't get that type of reaction from female viewers.

"That's what I'm used to with Jada. For the most part, I get, 'Will is so sweet.'" But after watching the film with a crowd, he says he even heard growls from the audience. "I heard a woman go, 'mmmrrrrrrrrrr.' I'm, 'What was that?' I mean Denzel gets that reaction. I don't get that one."

He also got some disappointing looks from his wife after crashing his motorcycle. "It was in rehearsal," he says. "The little boy in the movie is always going to be playing and he came out and was playing on a motorcycle and I shouldn't have done that. I'm sorry, sweetie. I'm sorry. I'm not going to hurt myself."

Asked if he made a pact with Jada Pinkett not to do more stunts after that, he says, "I had made a pact before that. That was part of the problem."

The film opened nationwide on July 16.

Fast Facts About Will Smith:

  • Born Willard Christopher Smith, Jr. in Philadelphia, Pa., on Sept. 25, 1968.
  • Began singing career as half of Grammy-winning duo D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince.
  • Rose to fame making acting debut in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1991-96) starring as nice, streetwise kid from the Philadelphia 'hood adjusting to culture shock in moneyed Bel Air.
  • Met Jada Pinkett in 1990 when she auditioned for role on "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air." They've been together since 1995, and married since 1997.
  • In 1992, made feature acting debut in drama about teenaged runaways, "Where the Day Takes You".
  • In 1993, had supporting role in "Made in America" with Whoopi Goldberg and Ted Danson.
  • In 1993, had first lead in "Six Degrees of Separation," in which he played young gay hustler and con man who ingratiates himself with affluent white couple (Stockard Channing and Donald Sutherland) by posing as son of Sidney Poitier.
  • In 1995, joined fellow sitcom star Martin Lawrence in comedy "Bad Boys." Made sequel in 2003.
  • Made cameo appearance in Martin Lawrence's "A Thin Line Between Love And Hate."
  • In 1996, played military pilot saving U.S. from alien invasion in sci-fi blockbuster "Independence Day."
  • In 1997, tangled with space aliens again to box-office success with Tommy Lee Jones in "Men in Black." Repeated the role in the 2002 sequel.
  • In 1998, played labor lawyer mired in political plots in "Enemy of the State."
  • In 1999, cast as Civil War-era government agent James West in "Wild Wild West," a performance that was overshadowed by excessive special effects.
  • In 2000, played mysterious caddy who dispenses inspirational support to washed-up golf pro (Matt Damon) in "The Legend of Bagger Vance."
  • In 2001, realized long-held dream to portray renowned boxer Muhammad Ali in "Ali." Bulked up, gaining over 30 pounds, and followed the same training regimen as Ali as part of preparation.
  • Has son and daughter with Jada Pinkett: Jaden Christopher Syre Smith (born July 8, 1998) and Willow Camille Reign Smith (born October 31, 2000). Has son, Trey Smith, from another relationship with Sheree Zampino in 1992.
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