This year’s Academy Awards evidently are not the first time actor Will Smith has shown an ugly side, according to Paul Rodriguez, who showed up with him in the 2001 movie “Ali.”
As with “King Richard,” Smith was chosen for Finest Actor for “Ali,” the biopic about fabulous fighter Muhammad Ali.
Rodriguez, 67, informed The Sun after experiencing the “put listened to worldwide” Sunday that when Smith struck Oscars host Chris Rock before being announced as the victor of the honor, it brought poor memories from the recording of “Ali” back to the surface area.
Rodriguez– that represented Ali’s ringside physician, Ferdie Pacheco– said Smith made his life a “living hell.”
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“Chris Rock just took one slap at the Oscars … however I took a spoken put from Will Smith everyday,” Rodriguez claimed.
“And also occasionally I think the psychological injuries are equally as deep, otherwise deeper, than physical ones.”
Rodriguez stated that both had a friendly connection prior to “Ali,” having actually first worked together in the 1993 film “Made in America.”
“Back then he wasn’t the superstar he is now. We hung rather a lot and whatever had actually constantly been truly friendly between us,” Rodriguez claimed, according to The Sun.
“Periodically, I would certainly run into him in the studio when we were working with various tasks, and everything was excellent.”
But things took a significant turn while on location in Africa shooting “Ali” when the genuine Ferdie Pacheco turned up, and also Rodriguez stated an occurrence took place between Pacheco and also Smith.
“I was off that day, so I really did not see the turmoil,” Rodriguez claimed. “However the actual Ferdie Pacheco got on the collection, and obviously he was inebriated and went into Will’s clothing room and also was grumbling that his character ought to have a bigger component as well as must be played by Danny Garcia as opposed to me.
“Things escalated, and evidently Pacheco began calling Will the N-word. Police were called, and also he was escorted off the collection– it misbehaved.
“Will certainly never ever looked at me the very same from …