Will Smith stunned by French tax rate

Tells French television that only in America can someone like him succeed.

While promoting his new movie, "Men in Black III", Will Smith told a French tv program that he supports plans to increase the burden of taxes on the rich.

But when the reporter informed Smith that the new French president, Fracois Hollande, had plans to increase the marginal tax rate to 75 percent, Smith wasn't so enthused.

"I have no issue with paying taxes and whatever needs to be done for my country to grow. I believe very firmly that my ability to sit here -- I'm a black man who didn't go to college, yet I get to travel around the world and sell my movies, and I believe very firmly that America is the only place on Earth that I could exist," Smith said. "So I will pay anything that I need to pay to keep my country growing."

At that point, the French reporter explained that anyone whose income was more than 1 million euros, they would be taxed at 75 percent.

"Seventy-five?" Smith gasped. "Yeah, that's different, that's different. Yeah, 75. Well, you know, God bless America."

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