Monday, 14 March 2011

Big Will blows �10k to avoid 50 mins in economy

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For some reason, we've always thought of Will Smith as one of Hollywood's more down-to-earth insanely-rich global mega stars.

But no more.

Not since we heard that the Fresh Prince reportedly spent £10,000 on a private jet to avoid taking a 50-minute journey in economy class.
According to the Sunday Mirror, 'Big Willy' refused to board a Dublin to Manchester flight after it emerged there were no first or business-class seats left.

The actor had the whole Smith family entourage with him as they follow daughter Willow as she supports Justin Bieber on his European tour.

But rather than mix it with the plebs for a little under an hour, Will demanded his management charter a private jet, costing him a cool £10,000.

The incident is said to have riled Aer Lingus bosses who had made special arrangements for the star to be fast-tracked through Manchester airport.

A source told the paper: "We know he is used to ­travelling in style but we were really put out. It raised a few eyebrows when we heard because it seemed to be a bit of a snub. It surprised everyone because it's a short flight and economy is still very ­comfortable."

On the other hand, we guess 50 minutes of people staring at you and whispering - or worse still, trudging over for photos and autographs doesn't sound like much fun.

What do you think of this story? Shocking abuse of money or fair enough really? Let us know below!

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