Will Smith feels 'absolute terror' in Grand Canyon bungee jump

Actor Will Smith reacts after bungee jumping from a helicopter over the Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, U.S. September 25, 2018 in this still image taken from a social media video on September 26, 2018. Youtube / Will Smith /via REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Will Smith took a bungee jump into the Grand Canyon on Tuesday to mark his 50th birthday and raise money for a global education campaign.

The “Men in Black” star leapt from a helicopter and bounced head first between the steep sides of a gorge at the Grand Canyon in Arizona in a jump streamed live on YouTube.

“This is gorgeous, beautiful,” Smith said as he swung upside down on the end of the bungee cord.

After landing back on solid ground the actor called the experience exhilarating.

“Nothing will ever be scarier than that. It goes from complete absolute terror to the most magnificent bliss you’ve ever felt,” he added.

Smith was raising funds for the charity Education Cannot Wait, which provides education to children around the world during conflicts, crises and natural disasters.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Sandra Maler