Actor Will Smith shared a light-hearted video of when he realized the word ‘niggle’ wasn’t actually a racial insult – even if it sounds like it.
The American actor, 52, was doing a workout at home last month when his Australian personal trainer asked him if he was having “problems.”
It is a common word in Great Britain and Australia which refers to everything mild pain or discomfort, and usually relates to a person’s body.
Lost in translation: Actor Will Smith shared a light video of when he realized the word ‘niggle’ wasn’t actually a racial insult – though it sounds like it
The video began with Smith, who recently revealed he gained weight during the Covid lockdown, asking his embarrassed-looking trainer to repeat what he just said.
‘How do you call this? What do I feel in my knee? That’s what he asked for the first time we trained, ”the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star said as he stepped on the treadmill.
“I’m not saying it! the trainer replied sheepishly.
‘It’s Australian. You have the right to say it. What am I feeling? ‘ Will added, making it clear that he was not offended by the word, which has no racist connotations.
Embarrassed: The US actor, 52, was exercising at home last month when his Aussie personal trainer (pictured) asked him if he was having ‘problems’ It is a common word in Britain and Australia that refers to any slight pain or discomfort, and generally relates to a person’s body.
“A niggle,” the coach said, to which Smith jokingly replied, “A what ?!”
‘He asked me if I had “little worries”. I was like… ‘he continued, with a confused facial expression.
“Yes, I have three: Trey, Jaden, Willow. But I don’t think that’s the right way to ask myself about my family, ”he said, referring to his children.
Treadmill joke: After pretending to be outraged by the word, which has no racist overtones, Smith assured his trainer he was allowed to say it because “it’s Australian”
The two men then laughed at the cultural miscommunication.
Smith made headlines last month after posting a picture of himself shirtless and saying he was in the “worst shape of my life” after months of lockdown.
He took to Instagram to share a Boomerang clip while wearing boxer shorts.
Laughing: “He asked me if I had ‘niggles’. Yeah, I have three: Trey, Jaden, Willow. But I don’t think that’s the right way to ask myself about my family, ”he said, referring to his children.
He revealed he was about to begin his fitness journey, which he will document for a YouTube series.
“It was the body that put me through a whole pandemic and countless days grazing in the pantry,” Smith said.
“I love this body, but I want to feel better. No more midnight muffins… that’s it! ‘
‘No more midnight muffins’: Smith made headlines last month after posting shirtless image of himself and saying he was in the ‘worst shape of my life’ after months of lockdown
Before the transformation: revealed he’s about to start his fitness journey, which he will document for a YouTube series