Will Smith has celebrated his 50th birthday with a bungee jump from a helicopter near the Grand Canyon.

In scenes that wouldn’t be out of place in a blockbuster movie, the actor shouted: “This is some of the most beautiful stuff I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Smith said the experience was like going from “pure terror to absolute bliss”.

As he hung over the chasm, he added: “Oh my God, this is gorgeous, this is gorgeous.”

His family and friends cheered him on
His family and friends cheered him on. Pic: YouTube Original

Smith was greeted by friends and relatives and was interviewed by Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air co-star Alfonso Ribeiro before he jumped.

Speaking afterwards, Smith said: “I am not going to be able to articulate it thoroughly right now but here’s a real relationship between freedom and joy.

“There’s an idea bubbling in my mind, as fear as a cage, fear actually traps you.

Will Smith said the view was gorgeous as he dropped out of the helicopter
Will Smith said the view was gorgeous as he dropped out of the helicopter. Pic: YouTube Original

“My father passed just little over a year ago and there’s something about the confrontation with death that makes you live life more freely.

“The freedom to just be and do who and what you are, is absolutely exhilarating.

“Life is hard. You might get hurt. Your heart might get broken. You might lose your job. But you’ve still got to commit.”

Will Smith did the jump for his 50th birthday
Will Smith did the jump for his 50th birthday. Pic: YouTube Original

The jump was a challenge for Yes Theory, a YouTube channel which pushes people outside their comfort zone.

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It also raised money for charity through an online lottery for a chance to watch the jump in person. The proceeds will go to Global Citizen, which aims to end extreme poverty by 2030.

A Navajo medicine man gave Smith a blessing and thanked him for coming to the reservation.