Will Smith recently starred in the 2022 movie titled Emancipation. The movie marked the first project that the actor received ever since the infamous Oscar-slap controversy. The Men in Black actor revealed during an interview how grueling the making of the movie was.
The actor recalled a tiresome time when he was called the N-word a couple hundred times due to the theme of the movie.
Will Smith Recalls The Gruesome Shooting of Emancipation
Will Smith, having starred in the period drama, recalls the time during the shooting of Emancipation. The movie is most notably famous for offering the King Richard actor a helping hand when no one else did following the Oscar-slap controversy.
At the premiere of Emancipation in Los Angeles, the actor sat for an interview to talk about his latest project. One of the major challenges the actor faced during the time of shooting was painfully close to the heart of Will Smith. The actor recalled that he was called the N-word a couple of hundred times during the shooting of the movie. The usage of the word was not done to hurt the actor (obviously) but because it was part of the movie and the story that it depicted.
Here’s what Will Smith had to say about the shooting of the Emancipation and how the actors had to struggle in the grueling atmosphere to create the film.
“Yeah. You know, getting called the N-word 100 times a day by really good actors — it was rough. But, you know, it was really – it was difficult for everybody. It’s like recreating those scenes and, you know, having to — we’re out there in a lot of the actual locations where those things happened and, you know, it was — it was a brutal shoot. The weather was brutal, the subject matter. And it was like, you know, in order to sustain the energy of the film, it was like everybody was having to tap into real ugliness, you know?”.
The film, directed by Antoine Fuqua, boasted an impressive cast of Will Smith, and Ben Foster but was not very well received by the people since they still have not forgiven Will Smith for the Oscar incident.
Will Smith’s Emancipation Turned Out To Be A Failure
Emancipation boasted an impressive storyline along with a spectacular cast. The film followed a slave who ran away from his plantation owners and journeys across the Louisiana swamp, a story that sounds thrilling enough as it is. The movie, however, did not reach people’s expectations. Emancipation currently stands at a Metacritic score of 59%. The early reviews of the film haven’t been impressive so far either.
It seems to be a matter of personal hatred as the people may have not forgiven Will Smith for the Oscar-slap controversy and thus have review-bombed the movie because of it. It may also be the case that the movie was not well made and was actually a disappointment to the people. Either way, it does not look good for the actor.
Emancipation is slated for a streaming release date of 9th December 2022 on AppleTV+.