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The Separation of Happyness Will Smith has a certain flair for playing worthy characters that are down on their luck. However, the parallels between his earliest acting role as Paul in Six Degrees of Separation and his most recent character, Chris Gardner, in the Pursuit of Happyness are astonishing. Both movies, inspired by true stories, focus on the lengths required to achieve economic security and address the elusive and delusive nature of the so-called American Dream. Six Degrees of Separation and the Pursuit of Happyness also endow their main characters (Will Smith) with considerable intellectual gifts. The similarities between Paul and Chris seem to be overwhelming, but the distinction between the men is apparent in their separate methods of climbing the social latter. Both The Pursuit of Happiness and Six Degrees of Separation are loosely based on actual events. A real Chris Gardner existed. He truly was a salesman who embarked on an unpaid six- month internship at a brokerage firm. His search for a better life cost him and his son almost everything until he earned a permanent spot in the elite company. The character Paul, however, is not so deeply rooted in reality. Paul was based on a con-man named David Hampton, who was
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