Internet Outraged over Will Smith’s ‘Light Skin’ after He Is Cast as Serena Williams’ Dad in Biopic
News that Will Smith is slated to portray fabled tennis coach Richard Williams was greeted with outrage.
Will Smith will be taking on a new and challenging movie project.
He will be playing the part of Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams, in an upcoming biopic titled “King Richard.”
Will Smith is taking on one of tennis’ most legendary coaches.https://t.co/Vrm4CIhWWQ— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) March 5, 2019
“So let me understand that a black man can only play a black man now if he is the right shade of black. So that case Denzel Washington should never have played Malcom x .We as black people only brings ourselves down.”
CRITICS DON'T AGREE WITH WILL SMITH AS RICHARD WILLIAMS
The announcement that Smith would be playing Williams was greeted with outrage.
The objection is not to the Oscar-nominated actor's abilities, but to his skin color. According to critics, Smith is just too light.
Will Smith will play as Richard Williams, father of tennis champions Venus and Serena, in an upcoming biopic. The project will highlight the plight of the 77-year-old Louisiana, native. While raising his family in Compton, California! #BlackExcellence https://t.co/uqBwGAysnT— EBONY MAGAZINE (@EBONYMag) March 4, 2019
Smith will not be the first Black actor to be playing a darker skinned character.
CRITICS WANT A DARK-SKINNED ACTOR FOR THE ROLE
Williams's complexion is a lot darker than Smith's, and substitutes such as Idris Elba and Mahershala Ali have been suggested to play the man who turned his two daughters into the world's most power tennis players.
EXCLUSIVE: Will Smith is poised to play Richard Williams, father of tennis icons Serena and Venus Williams https://t.co/JLDDCzOXxa— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) March 4, 2019
SEEING THE TALENT NOT THE SKIN
Smith will not be the first Black actor to be playing a darker skinned character. In 2006 Forest Whitaker took home the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin.
In order to portray Amin, Whitaker gained 50 pounds and darkened his skin - as did Zoë Saldana for her role as Nina Simone.
Colorism matters..love will Smith but there are other black actors for this role https://t.co/qrV1QuBiJH— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) March 5, 2019
THE STORY OF THE FATHER OF CHAMPIONS
The biopic of the father and coach of tennis champions Venus and Serena is bound to be riveting.
Richard Wiliams wrote up a now-famous 78-page plan and started giving tennis lessons to Venus and Serena when they were four and a half, and forged two of the most powerful tennis champions in US history.
We look forward to seeing Will Smith recreate the man's determined struggle to make his daughters tennis legends.
WILL SMITH GETS SLAMMED FOR HIS PORTRAYAL OF THE GENIE IN "ALADDIN"
When WIll Smith agreed to take on the role of the Genie in Disney's live-action remake of the beloved animation feature "Aladdin," he knew he had big shoes to fill.
The role had been played in the original animation by the inimitable and dearly missed Robin Williams, and it was a tough act to follow. The initial enthusiasm over the new movie scheduled for release in May has been dampened by the trailer.
Fans were not impressed by the few seconds they saw of Smith's Genie, and the actor is getting slammed for spoiling "childhood memories."
“The Will Smith genie makes me feel the same way I feel when a celebrity dies: nauseous, sad, and like I can’t wait to tell everybody about it.”
“Yeah, that Will Smith Genie looks a liiiiiitttle off, but I reckon in the full thing it’ll look wild as heck in a good way. Intrigued.”
Of course, we will have to wait for the movie to form an opinion, and Will Smith has yet to let his audiences down.In a related story, Will Smith steals hearts with a heartwarming video message to daughter Willow on her 18th birthday.