Will Smith described showing Venus and Serena Williams “King Richard” for the first time.
“It was the worst two hours of my life,” he said.
Smith plays Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams, in the biopic.
Will Smith was one of the featured guests on “The Graham Norton Show” Friday, in which he described the uncomfortable experience of showing Venus and Serena Williams “King Richard,” according to excerpts from quotes from the show, that were registered earlier, sent to Initiate.
Smith – who produced the biopic and played the role of Richard Williams, the father of the Williams sisters – said that Venus and Serena Williams had agreed to act as executive producers of the film and help with production, ” but they wanted to see the movie before deciding if they would put their names in it.
Discussing the first screening for the sisters, Smith said, “It was the worst two hours of my life, but they were full of tears, and they loved it.”
Later, referring to his previous work on ‘Ali’, the biopic of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, Smith said: ‘I made the mistake of watching’ Ali ‘for the first time while I was sitting behind Muhammad Ali and halfway through the film, he turned to his wife and said to her: ‘Was I that crazy?’ “
“King Richard” debuted in theaters and on HBO Max on November 19. The film, which was directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green and has already become an awards season favorite, follows Smith’s Richard Williams as he struggles to launch his two young daughters’ professional tennis careers from their home in Compton and shows how their ultimate success helped change the game of tennis.
Discussing his decision to play the role of Richard Williams on ‘The Graham Norton Show’, Smith said, “It was such an opportunity to dive into the life of this family and spend time learning about their incredible history. predicted that Venus and Serena would be the number one and number two tennis players in the world two years before they were born! He wrote a 78-page plan. It was a truly crazy prophecy and so incredible it’s hard to understand . “
Earlier this month, a Hollywood Reporter article revealed that Will Smith, who made up to $ 40 million for his work on the highly anticipated biopic, gave personal cash bonuses to his co-stars of the “King Richard” to offset the financial impact of the Warner Bros. decision. to release the film simultaneously on HBO Max and in theaters.
Speaking about bonuses with Entertainment Weekly, Smith said it was his “honor” to compensate his castmates.
“All I can do is my part, so it’s always an honor and pleasure for me to do my part, and everyone did a brilliant job. It was the COVID closures, the people really stayed with us, ”he said.
“It was a much more difficult process than anyone thought they were engaging in. I just felt it was right.”
“The Graham Norton Show” with Smith airs on BBC One on Friday November 26 and will be available on BBC iPlayer.
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