Will Smith has avoided slave movies but shares the difference between “Emancipation” and “Django”


The award-winning actor was once a contender for the role of “Django,” but he detailed that he wanted to be seen as a “superhero,” not a slave ruled by revenge.

Throughout the history of the film industry, films focusing on American slavery have often sparked debate. Some critics think we have enough slave struggle movies, while others don’t think these movies tell the truth about the real horrors that existed. Whatever conversations may arise, tens of millions of moviegoers storm theaters when a feature film about slavery came out, and for the best of Will Smith’s career, he avoided it. to play.

At the moment, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air the icon is filming Emancipation where he portrays a runaway slave named Peter who flees a cruel Louisiana plantation to return to help free the others.

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“I have always avoided making films about slavery,” Smith revealed to GQ. “At the start of my career … I didn’t want to show black people that way. I wanted to be a super hero. So I wanted to represent black excellence alongside my white counterparts. I wanted to play roles that you would give Tom Cruise. And the first time I thought it was Django [Unchained]. But I didn’t want to make a revenge slavery movie.

Tarantino’s “Django” was played by Jamie Foxx, whose incredible performance in the film is arguably one of his best. While there was a love affair tied to Django’s revenge, Smith shared what separates Emancipation and the award-winning film by Tarantino.

“It was a story of love and the power of black love,” Smith said. “And that was something I could rock out with. We were going to do a story about how black love makes us invincible.



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