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Will Smith mistakes the word ‘niggle’ for a racial slur during workout with Australian trainer

‘A what?!’ Will Smith mistakes the word ‘niggle’ for a racial slur as he works out with his Australian personal trainer

Actor Will Smith has shared a light-hearted video of the moment he realised the word ‘niggle’ isn’t actually a racial slur – even though it sounds like one.

The U.S. actor, 52, was doing a workout at home last month when his Australian personal trainer asked if he had any ‘niggles’.

This is a common word in Britain and Australia which refers to any slight pain or discomfort, and usually relates to a person’s body. 

Lost in translation: Actor Will Smith has shared a light-hearted video of the moment he realised the word ‘niggle’ isn’t actually a racial slur – even though it sounds like one

The video began with Smith, who recently revealed he’d gained weight during Covid lockdown, asking his embarrassed-looking trainer to repeat what he’d just said. 

‘What’s it called? What do I feel in my knee? This is what he asked the first time we worked out,’ 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’re allowed to say it. What do I feel?’ Will added, making it clear he wasn’t offended by the word, which has no racist connotations.

Embarrassed: The U.S. actor, 52, was doing a workout at home last month when his Australian personal trainer (pictured) asked if he had any 'niggles'. This is a common word in Britain and Australia which refers to any slight pain or discomfort, and usually relates to a person's body

Embarrassed: The U.S. actor, 52, was doing a workout at home last month when his Australian personal trainer (pictured) asked if he had any ‘niggles’. This is a common word in Britain and Australia which refers to any slight pain or discomfort, and usually relates to a person’s body 

‘A niggle,’ the trainer said, to which Smith jokingly snapped back: ‘A what?!’ 

‘He asked me if I had any “niggles”. I was like…’ he continued, pulling a confused facial expression. 

‘Yeah, I got three: Trey, Jaden, Willow. But I don’t think that’s the right way to ask me about my family,’ he said, referring to his children.

Banter on the treadmill: After pretending to be outraged by the word, which has no racist connotations, Smith assured his trainer he was allowed to say it because 'it's Australian'

Banter on the treadmill: After pretending to be outraged by the word, which has no racist connotations, Smith assured his trainer he was allowed to say it because ‘it’s Australian’

The two men then laughed off the cultural miscommunication. 

Smith made headlines last month after posting a shirtless image of himself and declaring 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.

Having a laugh: 'He asked me if I had any "niggles". Yeah, I got three: Trey, Jaden, Willow. But I don't think that's the right way to ask me about my family,' he said, referring to his children

Having a laugh: ‘He asked me if I had any “niggles”. Yeah, I got three: Trey, Jaden, Willow. But I don’t think that’s the right way to ask me about my family,’ he said, referring to his children

He revealed he was about to start his fitness journey, which he’ll document for a  YouTube series.

‘This is the body that carried me through an entire pandemic and countless days grazing thru the pantry,’ Smith said. 

‘I love this body, but I wanna FEEL better. No more midnight muffins… this is it!’   

'No more midnight muffins': Smith made headlines last month after posting a shirtless image of himself and declaring he was in the 'worst shape of my life' after months of lockdown

‘No more midnight muffins’: Smith made headlines last month after posting a shirtless image of himself and declaring he was in the ‘worst shape of my life’ after months of lockdown

Before the transformation: He revealed he was about to start his fitness journey, which he'll document for a YouTube series

Before the transformation: He revealed he was about to start his fitness journey, which he’ll document for a YouTube series

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