Antoine Fuqua has defended the choice to launch ‘Emancipation’ within the wake of Will Smith’s Oscars slap.
The 56-year-old filmmaker has helmed the historic thriller that stars Will as an enslaved man referred to as Peter that’s set for launch in cinemas and on Apple TV+ subsequent month.
It marks Smith’s first main undertaking since slapping comic Chris Rock on the Academy Awards earlier this 12 months after he had joked about his spouse Jada Pinkett Smith and Fuqua says the theme of slavery is extra essential than the controversy.
He advised Vainness Honest: “In fact I needed folks to see the movie. My dialog was at all times, ‘Is not 400 years of slavery, of brutality, extra essential than one unhealthy second?’
“We had been in Hollywood, and there is been some actually ugly issues which have taken place, and we have seen lots of people get awards which have carried out some actually nasty issues.”
Antoine added: “So, I believe Apple thought of all these issues, and we mentioned a whole lot of these issues. Then, a choice was made by the folks in command of distribution and the cash at Apple – and I am grateful. I am actually grateful.”
The ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ director revealed that Will’s slap took him unexpectedly as he “hasn’t met a nicer human being”.
Antoine stated: “(The slap) did not really feel actual to me in any respect as a result of I used to be with Will for 2 years, and I have never met a nicer human being. I am being trustworthy about it. He was type to everybody on the set.
“So, I noticed a special particular person than that one second in time, and so my response was that exact second may be very overseas to me in the case of Will Smith.
“I’ve nothing however wonderful issues to say about Will Smith, actually genuinely. You’ll be able to ask anyone that labored on the film, they’re going to inform you a similar. Nicest particular person I’ve ever met in my life.”