Will Smith, a Hollywood celebrity, knows how to look after his co-stars. Being an A-lister, the alum of ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ has been praised for his kindness after giving his ‘King Richard’ co-stars special incentives with his own money.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Smith, who was reportedly paid $40 million for starring in the biography, offered cash incentives to Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton, who play tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams, as well as Tony Goldwyn, Jon Bernthal, and Aunjanue Ellis.
A source described the payments as a nice bonus, given by the star on top of what they already received from the studio as compensation for the pivot to simultaneous HBO Max release strategy, reports aceshowbiz.com.
Goldwyn, who portrays one of Venus’ tennis coaches, Paul Cohen, in the film, has confirmed the story to Access Hollywood and he heaped praises on Smith.
“I’ve been doing this for over 30 years; I have never worked with anyone as generous as Will, what you said is true,” the former ‘Scandal’ star confessed.
He then divulged: “When Warner Brothers decided not to release it, to put it out on streaming, there was a lot of controversies, as people know, and we just got a call from Will saying, ‘I’m going to make this right.’ I’ve never experienced it. I was floored. I just couldn’t believe it.”
His generosity aside, Goldwyn also praised Smith’s acting skills.
“The environment when you’re in his orbit is fun and everyone works really hard but he’s just, he’s a blast to work with,” he gushed over the lead actor.
“In this character, Will is just extraordinary, the work that he puts down is amazing.”
“From our very first rehearsal, we’re all sort of feeling our way and all of a sudden, he goes from being fun-loving Will to just a switch is flipped and he’s Richard Williams, that’s really exciting when you are witnessing that calibre of work,” Goldwyn added.
“I was excited to work with him and I’m really excited for Will, for people to see his extraordinary performance.”
‘King Richard’ will open in theatres and be simultaneously released on HBO Max on November 19.
(With IANS inputs)