The director of Emancipation, with Will Smith, reflects on the scandal of the Oscars, before the release of the film

“Emancipation”, a film about slavery with Will Smith in the title role, will be unveiled at the beginning of December and will mark the actor’s return to the screen, after the scandal of the Oscar ceremony. Its director Antoine Fuqua returned to this episode and its consequences.

A scrutinized exit. Interviewed by Vanity Fair, director Antoine Fuqua, whose film “Emancipation” will mark the return of Will Smith to the screen less than a year later the slap he gave to Chris Rockspoke without taboo on the repercussions of the scandal of the Oscars.

Referring to the upcoming release of the feature film, offered from December 9 on the Apple TV platform, he explained that its distribution had never been questioned, acknowledging however that discussions had been initiated. “There was never a conversation between me and Apple or my producers, Todd Black and Jon Mone or Heather Washington, regarding the cancellation of the release. The content of these conversations was rather: “We evaluate everything. We see what people say.” They were very careful about it, ”said Antoine Fuqua, before sharing his point of view.

“Of course I wanted people to see the film. I’ve always said “Are 400 years of slavery, of brutality, not more important than a bad time?”, Explained the director to the American magazine, before continuing: “We were at Hollywood, and there’s been some really ugly things that have happened, and we’ve seen a lot of people get awards for doing some really ugly things.”

No excuses but a desire to move forward

Without clearing Will Smith’s gesture, Antoine Fuqua, however, did not stop dislodging the actor. “I have nothing but amazing things to say about Will Smith, really sincerely. You can ask anyone who worked on the film. (…) He is the nicest person I have ever met in my life”, underlined the director, for whom the stroke of blood of Will Smith is “an unfortunate event”.

Recalling the harshness of the film inspired by a true story and retracing the escape of the slave Peter to gain his freedom, he specifies: “it is really difficult to play a character who has been brutalized (…) and still be the person nicest in the world. This I know. So no apologies to anyone or anything, but I can say he’s a good man and I hope people can forgive him and we can move on.” In the meantime, he says he is grateful that the film can come out and meet the public.

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