Jaden Smith and NASA have joined up to help promote Smith’s new movie and NASA’s Earth Sciences programs. In a new PSA, Jaden warns people that we need to learn more about our environment so we don’t end up with the futuristic Earth portrayed in the movie.
The movie is After Earth, a collaboration between M. Night Shyamalan and Jaden’s dad, Will Smith. It stars Will and Jaden, and takes place on a futuristic planet Earth that has become hostile to human beings. The atmosphere and the animals have evolved to focus on destroying the Earth’s biggest threat, humanity. In the future portrayed in the movie, humans have actually left Earth, but the father and son team accidentally crash land on Earth and have to survive long enough to be rescued.
Open Minds recently interviewed Gary Whitta who co-wrote After Earth with the movie’s director, M. Night Shyamalan. Whitta confirmed the script also includes extraterrestrials. Jaden ought to be happy about that, because it is one of his favorite topics. In fact, he says when he got to visit the White House with his family, Obama confirmed that aliens are real. He told Wonderland magazine that during his visit he took the opportunity to ask Obama about aliens. According to Jaden, Obama said that he could “neither confirm nor deny their existence.” Jaden says that means aliens are real. He also says that “if people think we are the only people that live in the universe, then something is wrong with them. “
After Earth opens in movie theaters today so you can check it out this weekend. If you do, let us know what you think in the comments below. You can also read our interview with Gary Whitta in our next issue of Open Minds Magazine.