"Men in Black 3" premieres in New York

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Will Smith attends the 'Men In Black 3' New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theatre on May 23, 2012 in New York City.
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Will Smith attends the "Men In Black 3" at Ziegfeld Theatre on May 23, 2012, in New York.
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(CBS/AP) Fifteen years after the debut of the  original "Men in Black," actors Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones hit the black carpet together for the U.S. premiere of "Men in Black 3" in New York.

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Smith arrived to the Ziegfeld theater in Manhattan with his wife Jada, daughter Willow and son Jaden. Other stars who hit the carpet included Nicole Scherzinger, Josh Brolin and his wife Diane Lane, boy band One Direction, and Donald Trump. The stars have been touring Europe as the movie prepares to open overseas. It opens Friday in the U.S.

While Smith didn't want to talk about the "slapping" incident that happened last week, Tommy Lee Jones sure wanted to know more, asking Smith twice when they met on the carpet, "How's life in Moscow?"

Smith laughed off Jones' remarks, hugging his co-star and calling him "silly." He told Jones what had happened in Moscow was "so sad."

The rest of the event was a love fest for Josh Brolin, who joins the cast playing a younger Agent K (Jones) .

"If Agent K were a real-life person and Josh Brolin gave the portrayal of Agent K that he gave in this movie, he'd be nominated for an Academy Award," said Smith. "It's like people just aren't even going to recognize the level and quality of the acting that he had to do, you know, being this young Tommy Lee Jones. It's just, it's brilliant."

Brolin said he never asked Jones for advice, but watched almost all his old movies and the original "Men in Black" for "probably 50 times."

"I practiced, I talked to myself, I do all the things that makes my family think I'm absolutely insane, but that's my job, you know?" said Brolin.

"Men in Black 3" hits theaters Friday.