“And Stephen A. Smith wouldn’t do something like that” – How Stephen A. Smith Wanted Will Smith to Portray Him Until the Oscar Controversy

“And Stephen A. Smith wouldn’t do something like that” – How Stephen A. Smith Wanted Will Smith to Portray Him Until the Oscar Controversy

With a career spanning over three decades, Will Smith has influenced tons of individuals worldwide. Undoubtedly, he is one of the leading men in the film industry today. Thanks to his powerful and entertaining performances on-screen, Smith was once every director’s first choice as the lead actor. However, post his Oscar slap gate with Chris Rock, a lot of people were not happy with his actions. Amongst many of the people, who changed their minds about the I am Legend actor, was Stephen A. Smith.

Stephen A. Smith is one of the most known faces in the world of sports. The sports radio host is a massively popular individual and a prominent figure. Recently, Stephen even penned down an autobiography, Straight Shooter: A Memoir of Second Chances. Previously, he even revealed that he wanted to have Will Smith portray him if his book gets a live adaptation until the 2022 Oscars incident happened.

Stephen A. Smith on Will Smith portraying him

Recently Stephen featured on an episode of Hell of A Week with Charlamagne tha God where he gave the audience an insight into what his book is about. Initially, Stephen revealed how the books are very personal, as it will take the audience through the highs and lows of his life. When asked which actor he would want to portray his character if his books gets a live adaptation, he responded that his first choice was the Men In Black actor before the Oscar controversy.

However, when the host hinted that Will could make a comeback, Stephen had an interesting response. The NBA commentator replied, “Listen, listen; he’s Will Smith. We know he’s going to be back. But you just don’t do something like that. And Stephen A. wouldn’t do something like that.”

Stephen did add how he still loved Will Smith. Elsewhere in the video, he revealed how the only choices he has now were Omari Hardwick and Michael B. Jordan. Apart from Stephen, even Trevor Noah too had a peculiar take on Will Smith’s ban from the Oscars.

ALSO READ: Will Smith Could Have Avoided the Oscar Controversy Had He Listened to Kobe Bryant

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