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Why is it that when celebrities reach a certain level of fame and fortune, they tend to stick their feet in their mouths?

Tom Cruise did it on the Oprah Winfrey Show with his needlessly gushy and over-the-top display of affection for Katie Holmes , his then love interest, and again on his Today show attack of psychiatry (and the use of prescribed medications).

Now it seems as if lovable Will Smith has joined the fray.

The former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is taking quite a bit of heat for allegedly describing a mass murderer and genocidal maniac,  Adolph Hitler , as a fundamentally "good" person.

Smith reportedly offered the following comment to a Scottish newspaper:

"Even Hitler didn't wake up going, 'let me do the most evil thing I can do today.' I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to do what he thought was 'good.'"

After the statement took on a not-too-favorable life of its own, Will's spin-meisters went into damage-control mode and issued this statement:

"Adolf Hitler was a vile, heinous vicious killer responsible for one of the greatest acts of evil committed on this planet ...."

OK, Will.  Good try.

But this has got to be the first time we've heard someone describe an "evil," "vile," "heinous" and "vicious" killer, as "well-intentioned."

Is this a tall tale or another legend in the making?

To view CNN's report on this debacle, please use this link: Will Smith Angry Over Hitler Comment ....