Will Smith bungee-jumps into Grand Canyon

PHOTO: WILL SMITH/YOUTUBE

LOS ANGELES • Actor Will Smith took a bungee jump into the Grand Canyon on Tuesday to mark his 50th birthday and raise money for a global education campaign.

The Men In Black film series star leapt from a helicopter and bounced head first between the steep sides of a gorge at the Grand Canyon in Arizona in a jump streamed live on YouTube.

"This is gorgeous, beautiful," Smith said as he swung upside-down on the end of the bungee cord.

After landing back on solid ground, the actor called the experience exhilarating.

"Nothing will ever be scarier than that. It goes from complete absolute terror to the most magnificent bliss you've ever felt," he added.

He was raising funds for the charity Education Cannot Wait, which provides education to children around the world during conflicts, crises and natural disasters.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 28, 2018, with the headline 'Will Smith bungee-jumps into Grand Canyon '. Print Edition | Subscribe