- Title: Will Smith revels in racism with 'Bright'
- Date: 22nd July 2017
- Summary: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (JULY 20, 2017) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR, WILL SMITH, SAYING: "You almost can't make new movie stars anymore because there was a certain amount of privacy and there was a certain amount of distance that you had from the audience and only on July 4th did you have that kind of access and that access created that bigger than life kind of thing but in this shift into this new world, it's almost like a friendship with the fans. The relationship is less like the time of Madonna, Michael Jackson, Tom Cruise, these gigantic figures because you can't create that anymore. The shift is to 'We're best friends'."
- Embargoed: 5th August 2017 00:24
- Keywords: Will Smith Netflix David Ayers Comic-con Bright racism movie stars
- Location: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES /UNIDENTIFIED FILM LOCATIONS
- City: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES /UNIDENTIFIED FILM LOCATIONS
- Country: USA
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Film
- Reuters ID: LVA0066QNWY8D
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- Story Text: Hollywood star Will Smith brought some A-list clout to the San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday (July 20) when he launched the new Netflix film "Bright."
Reportedly the most expensive film Netflix has produced, the film sees Smith reteam with his "Suicide Squad" director David Ayer.
"Bright" is based in a parallel universe where orcs and elves live alongside humans in modern society and Smith and his orc police partner (Joel Edgerton) go on a mission to find a secret weapon.
Smith spoke at both the panel and the news conference afterwards at the convention that he found it "spectacular" to be racist in the film against his orc partner, as it was refreshing to do that in an African American role.
"Bright" goes on release on Netflix in December.
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