With the awards season going on, the Emancipation actor appeared at The African-American Film Critics Association Awards 2023. The association reviews cinema at large and emphasizes films that include the Black experience. Recently, Will Smith appeared in a biographical drama, Emancipation. The film follows the life of an imprisoned slave named Peter. While the actor and his film got recognition at the AAFCA Awards, his acceptance speech made the attendees laugh and emotional as well. In his speech, he also talked about Apple being supportive because of the most beautiful reason.
Apple is one of the biggest companies in the market of telecommunication. The $2067 Billion worth company played an important role in telling the story of the imprisoned slave in Emancipation. Therefore, when the film got recognition at the AAFCA, Smith did not forget to mention it in his acceptance speech for the Beacon Award. While thanking Apple for it, the actor said, as reported by Variety, “Because the budget was one thing. And then the budget was another thing.”
“‘Emancipation’ was the individual most difficult film of my entire career.” Will Smith accepts the Beacon Award at the AAFCA awards ceremony. https://t.co/JI2rDIHsX8 pic.twitter.com/vR5oROfdgY
— Variety (@Variety) March 2, 2023
Though the film’s budget was a little high, Apple never flinched or backed down. The 54-year-old actor praised the company and said this was the first time he heard the studio supporting a film like this. The reason, as Apple told the actor, was that they believed the story was more important than the budget. As Smith revealed the reason for thanking the company, the audience applauded and appreciated it.
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After the 2022 slapping incident, this was the first time that the actor took the stage. While his fans must be happy to see him getting back into his professional life, there is some more good news for the fandom.
Will Smith has some major projects lined up for him
Are you a fan of Smith’s Aladdin? Get ready to see him in Aladdin 2 as well. The actor is coming up with a sequel to the Disney film. Moreover, the rom-com that gave the American actor another identity, Hitch, is also coming back with a sequel. What is in store for his iconic film, I Am Legend? The film is also getting a sequel starring the Emancipation actor.
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Also, there is a piece of huge news for the fans of Bad Boys films. Finally, Bad Boys 4 got a green light, and Smith is coming back with his buddy, Martin Lawrence.
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