Hollywood actor Will Smith said during an interview with Fox 5 that he will completely understand if some fans are not ready to see the film because of the "incident" that happened at this year's Academy Awards, but he hopes that the power of "Emancipation" will attract people.
After Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at this year's Oscars, the question arose as to what will happen to the film projects he is working on, primarily the film "Emancipation" directed by Antoine Fuqua. The actor said he understands fans who are still under the impression but hopes the strength of the film will overcome the headlines that have followed it all year, reports Rolling Stone magazine.
According to him, "Emancipation" is Antoine Fuqua's best work.
“I completely understand that, if someone is not ready,” Smith told Fox 5. “I would absolutely respect that and allow them their space to not be ready.
“My deepest concern is my team. Antoine has done what I think is the greatest work in his entire career … the people on this team have done some of the best work of their entire careers, and my deepest hope is that my actions don’t penalize my team.
“So at this point, that’s what I’m working for. That’s what I’m hoping for. I’m hoping that the material, the power of the film, the timeliness of the story – I’m hoping that the good that can be done – will open people’s hearts at a minimum to see and recognize and support the incredible artists in and around this film”.
In this film, Smith plays Peter, a slave who escapes from a plantation and the swamps of Louisiana, comes north to join the army in the Civil War, and the story of the film is based on true events. It is a film that is behind the streaming company Apple+, which announced last month that the film will begin showing in theaters on December 2, and will be available on their platform from December 9, and after the screening of the film held in Washington, the American media wrote that the film is a serious Oscar contender, with Smith possibly being nominated for Best Actor.
If that happens, he won't be attending the awards because the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has slapped him with a 10-year ban from attending the Oscars.
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