Will Smith, Richard Williams, Wesley Lowry discussed on Popcast

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And there's something that will says, I believe it's in the GQ profile that Wesley Lowry did about talking about how he had to wait until his father had died. To be able to really tell these stories and address these subjects. So I'd be interested to talk about king Richard through the lens of like how Will Smith relate to his personal story and then a quick sidebar, we should come back to this. Hearing you talk about him playing Richard Williams and Richard Williams kind of like resistance to worrying about being palatable to white people in tennis or whatever, what that brought up for me was Will Smith's first serious acting role, which is 6° of separation. Which is the exact opposite sort of character. And I think has set a template on some level for what Will Smith has tried to do in different formats in his acting career, obviously not as literally as a young black outsider trying to gain Andre to elite white society, but the path of getting acceptance on like broad level, that's the narrative that Will Smith was telling from 1990, whatever that was, three, four, really, probably all the way up to the mid 2000s. And so it's interesting that there's still a touch of that in him playing this Richard Williams character who's not doing that same thing. He's also, I think, having trouble pivoting, frankly, like adjusting to the fact that not only was he someone who was this handsome young man who comes to Hollywood, you know, when his first working on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and he's so new and so nervous and wanting it to work correctly that he learns everybody's lines, not just his own. Part of the problem is that he worked really hard to ingratiate himself to this community and to be part of this institution of Hollywood and he really becomes like an avatar for what it means to be like a studio's leading man. Only to find as so many celebrities, I think, of his age have that he's gotten to this point, the sort of Pinnacle, but we're also at this point in American history where we're kind of like reexamining everything. Right, the old pathways. Like if you compare the path that Will Smith took to, let's say, superhero film, ubiquity, broadly speaking..

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