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Will Smith Admits It 'Turned Very Real' After Precancerous Colonoscopy Discovery

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By Jeff Mazzeo

Will Smith thought that his vlogging adventures would be hilarious but the actor told Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday that one of his latest vlogs ended up being more serious.

The 51-year-old actor appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" with Martin Lawrence to promote the latest film in their popular franchise, "Bad Boys for Life." Minutes into the interview, Ellen brought up Smith's vlog of his colonoscopy.

“I thought it was fun, I was gonna vlog it, you know?” he told Ellen. “So I was like, ‘Oh this’ll be cool. I’m gonna vlog my colposcopy…’ And I do it.”

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'That's Not Funny'

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Smith recalled there was a moment when he realized that it was not a game and his health was on the line.

“So, we do the whole thing and I’m vlogging. And I was like, ‘Hey, it’s time now we’re gonna do – let's do the final piece where the doctor tells me everything,’” he told the audience.

“I was like, ‘That’s not funny,’ and then all of a sudden it turned very real, you know? It was just a good thing that they removed it and it was really great.”

Will's Shocking Vlog Discovery

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Will had a team document his whole experience with the colonoscopy, including when he got the concerning results. It turned out that Will had a polyp that the doctor removed. The polyp was sent to the lab and it was revealed that it was made up of pre-cancerous cells.

"What it means for you in real talk," the doctor told Smith over a FaceTime call, "instead of getting a screening every then years, which is what happens when people have a normal colonoscopy, you need to get your's done in the next two to three years."

The actor did his best to keep a smile on his face but it was clear that the news was heavy on his mind. The doctor made sure to commended him and celebrated the fact that he is healthy.

"We know that screenings and early detection can save lives," Will's doctor said as she thanked him for helping raise awareness.

"When I decided I wanted to shoot this as a vlog," Smith said, "I didn't realize that there'd be a pre-cancerous polyp." The star ended his video with a sigh of relief and in good spirits. "We good," Smith said as the vlog concluded.

Martin Praises Smith

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While Smith was recounting the story to Ellen, Lawrence said he had the procedure done but Will teased the 54-year-old comedian for reluctantly admitting it. After a brief giggle, Martin then got serious and praised his "Bad Boys" co-star.

"You know what? I think it is a great thing that you did because everybody needs to know that's important to do man," Lawrence declared.

Martin also admitted to letting the professionals do the work when onset after Will said he had to let stuntmen take over for some scenes.

"I'll leave it to the stunt man because that's what they get paid for," he said.

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