Paul Rodríguez accused Will Smith of mistreating him while filming “Ali”

Paul Rodríguez accused Will Smith of causing him emotional harm (Photo: Getty Images // Reuters)
Paul Rodríguez accused Will Smith of causing him emotional harm (Photo: Getty Images // Reuters)

From the scandalous scene in which Will Smith and Chris Rock starred at the 2022 Oscars ceremony, controversy has accompanied the actor in films such as Seeking happiness; this time, Mexican-born actor Paul Rodríguez accused Smith of creating it bullying during the filming of the film But.

In a media interview The sun, Paul Rodríguez recalled the bitter experience he had when he shared a project with Will Smith, which was far from what the Mexican-born actor expected. In contrast, the 67-year-old actor reported that every day of the recording received a verbal slap from the Oscar winner for Best Actor, who hasn’t stopped being rude only to him.

Chris Rock was just slapped in the face at the Oscars, but Every day I got a verbal slap from Will SmithS.“, said Paul Rodríguez in an interview with The sun.

The Oscar winner continues to stir controversy among show business personalities (Photo: REUTERS / Danny Moloshok PHOTOS OF THE DAY TPX)
The Oscar winner continues to stir controversy among show business personalities (Photo: REUTERS / Danny Moloshok PHOTOS OF THE DAY TPX)

In this way, Paul Rodríguez described it as a nightmare to work alongside Will Smith and pointed out that on several occasions the Oscar winner for Best Actor has downplayed his character But.

“That movie was supposed to be a huge stepping stone in my career, but for me It ended up being a nightmare because of all the disgusting abuse I got from Smith. He was mean to me but kind to everyone else. It was something like Jekyll and Hyde … ”, Paul Rodríguez pointed out.

The Mexican-born actor said so Will Smith he constantly bullied him and even took it upon himself to turn the entire cast of the film against himwhich made the recordings a real torture for Paul Rodríguez.

Ali premiered in the early 2000s (Photo: Columbia Pictures)
Ali premiered in the early 2000s (Photo: Columbia Pictures)

Paul Rodríguez and Will Smith were part of the cast of the film But, the same one that debuted in the early 2000s and whose direction was entrusted to Michael Mann. It was a biopic genre film ever since tells the story of the iconic American boxer Mohamed Ali, played by Will Smith; for his part, Paul Rodríguez was commissioned to give life to the physiotherapist Fernando Pacheco.

The Mexican-born actor has remembered him throughout his acting career he had been played in the roles of immigrants or Latin American characters, so it was the first time he was hired to play a not-so-cliché character. However, Will Smith took it upon himself to minimize his involvement.

Paul Rodríguez felt that the Oscar winner’s attitude as Best Actor was due I felt a certain resentment with him because he wanted his friend Danny García to play the role of Fernando Pacheco. In addition, he recalled that one day he got tired of the mistreatment of the protagonist of The prince of rap and insulted him, which is why the Police kicked him off the recording set.

Will Smith apologized for his behavior at the 2022 Oscars ceremony (Photo: REUTERS / Brian Snyder)
Will Smith apologized for his behavior at the 2022 Oscars ceremony (Photo: REUTERS / Brian Snyder)

During the 2022 Oscars awards ceremony, the actor Chris Rock was slapped by Will Smith. The reaction of the former protagonist of Men in black was born after his colleague made a joke comparing his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith’s short hair, to the shaggy-haired character of Demi Moore in the 1997 film “GI Jane”.

Moments later, when he won the Best Actor award for his role in King Richard, Will felt it sorry for your aggression and addressed to all present.

“I know that in doing what we do you have to be able to accept abuse, you have to accept people who talk crazy things about you. in this deal you have to accept that you are disrespectful and you have to smile and pretend that everything is fine. But Denzel a few minutes ago said to me, ‘at your highest moment be careful, because that’s when the devil is coming for you,’ “said Will Smith.

However, given the recent statements by Paul Rodríguez, it is necessary to emphasize the inconsistency between Will Smith’s actions and his own public apologybecause his behaviors are totally contrary to the image he tries to maintain.

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