Images by Kurt Woerpel
People of the world, we've made a terrible mistake. Last week in an interview with the New York Times' T Magazine, Willow and Jaden Smith were kind enough to sit down and discuss their otherworldly views of, well, the world.
And after graciously giving up their time (more on that in a second) and energy, the Internet sat back and scoffed at them. After some investigative journalism, though, MTV News realized how foolish and naive anyone was to ever doubt the sincerity of their words.
It turns out that not only are the Smiths correct in understanding the relationship between space and time, but they've also used their superior intelligence to camouflage themselves into the worlds of our favorite films just to prove their point.
We uncovered a few notable examples, but we're sure there are more. Be sure to tweet @MTVNEWS if you discover any other Willow or Jaden cameos, using the hashtag #findthesmiths.
1. "Back To The Future"
What better place to begin our investigation than "The Godfather" of time-travel movies? We found this easter egg of Willow and Jaden at the Twin Pines Mall (or The Lone Pine Mall as its called now) and now our minds are racing with questions.
Was "Earth Angel" playing When Will Smith met Jada Pinkett? Has Jaden's hand ever begun to disappear for no reason? Were Jaden and Willow responsible for their parents meeting and thus the masters of their own creation? These are the questions that only Jaden and Willow can answer.
2. "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure"
Strange things are afoot when two of the most excellent dudes in history are joined by the Smiths. We have witnessed many strange things at MTV but nothing as bodacious as seeing Willow and Jaden join Bill and Ted on an educational voyage through history.
We should have seen this easter egg coming as the Smith's have been outspoken about their own education with Jaden saying, "Here’s the deal; School is not authentic because it ends. It’s not true, it’s not real. Our learning will never end. The school that we go to every single morning, we will continue to go to." With Willow adding, "Forever, ‘til the day that we’re in our bed."
At one point during the interview with T Magazine, Willow refers to being inspired by her own work.
"That’s what I do with novels. There’re no novels that I like to read so I write my own novels, and then I read them again, and it’s the best thing," she said, with Jaden adding, "Willow’s been writing her own novels since she was 6."
This had us scratching our heads. Not because we don't believe that Willow would have the ability to write novels at the age of six but because this type of looping inspiration seems to indicate a higher echelon of understanding. And like a lightbulb going off it hit us: Willow and Jaden are Loopers.
They've lived their entire lives only to then re-inspire themselves with their own work.
4. "Donnie Darko"
True story: Years ago, Jaden arrived at a party dressed as a bunny, and he was asked by his close friend/ party pal Jake Gyllenhaal why he was wearing a "stupid bunny suit." Legend has it, Jaden turned his head slowly and whispered to Gyllenhaal, "Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?"
Yes, Willow and Jaden's fingerprints are all over the shocking time-travel saga "Donnie Darko." And while it may be difficult to imagine traveling through a wormhole just to shock audiences, we should have learned by now to never underestimate Willow and Jaden.
"The only way to change something is to shock it. If you want your muscles to grow, you have to shock them. If you want society to change, you have to shock them." said Jaden, whose time-traveling accomplice added, "That’s what art is, shocking people. Sometimes shocking yourself."
5. "Star Trek"
The sci-fi mega-franchise has seen many iterations, all of which feature Willow and Jaden Smith. Seriously, look back. The Original Series, The Next Generation and, especially, the J.J. Abrams versions, all feature the Smiths traversing the universe together.
Willow even hinted about being a Trekkie when asked about the recurring themes in her work, explaining "the feeling of being like, this is a fragment of a holographic reality that a higher consciousness made." If that's not a nod to the holodeck, then I don't know what is.
Obviously, the last few weeks we've hyped up the visual effects and performance of the cast in this Christopher Nolan space epic, but "Interstellar" is all about the Smiths.
Aside from popping up on foreign planets and navigating multidimensional black holes, the Smiths have been discussing the alternative realities of time and space for some time now. When prompted on the subject by the Times, Willow had this to say:
"I mean, time for me, I can make it go slow or fast, however I please, and that’s how I know it doesn’t exist."
Those who've seen the movie can now identify with the perplexing nature of time. But in all seriousness, the Smiths are correct. We should take comfort in the fact that we get to share this time and space, if only temporarily, with Willow and Jaden Smith. "Because living."