Will Smith recalled a terrifying moment when he was in chains on the set of his new slavery movie. emancipation.
The actor appeared for a special issue of Conversation at the Red Table on Wednesday (December 14) with his children Willow, Jaden and Trey Smith to discuss his latest role.
Smith plays a man named Peter who escapes from slavery in director Antoine Fuqua’s thriller, which is based on a true story.
Smith recalled the moment he “found” his role as Peter when he first put the metal collar on the slave.
However, his experience was deepened on one occasion when crew members were temporarily unable to remove the cuff from Smith’s neck.
“So they put it on, I’m standing there and he wants to take it off and it doesn’t work,” Smith told his kids. “So it’s locked and my heart is jumping and I’m like, ‘Oh no, oh no, oh no.’
“Now he’s running around looking for the keys and for 15 minutes I’m stuck there in the chain and my heart is racing and I’m like, ‘Will, don’t be a freak.'”
Smith said he thought to himself, “I’m Will Smith,” and there were “people walking around” looking for the keys.
“I’m still scared. Imagine what it was like for Peter to put that stuff on, barefoot and nobody cared,” Smith continued.
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“Really dehumanizing,” he said. “I hadn’t been able to articulate why, but I was embarrassed. I felt embarrassed as I stood and waited. It was emasculating, dehumanizing, all of that.”
Elsewhere in Conversation at the Red Table In the following episode, Smith recalled one of the other actors spitting at him in an ad libbed scene.
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Will Smith’s Red Table Talk takeover with Willow, Jaden and Trey is available to stream on Facebook Watch.
emancipation is now streaming on Apple TV+.
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