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Will Smith slammed by King Richard’s daughter as actor praises coach while accepting SAG

WILL Smith praised Richard Williams while accepting the SAG award when the coach’s estranged daughter beat the actor for shortcomings in the movie ‘King Richard’.

Smith cried on Sunday while accepting the honor for a male actor’s stellar performance in the lead role for the film, which offers insight into Serena and Venus’s upbringing.

Will Smith (pictured) won the 2022 SAG Award for his role in King Richard

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Will Smith (pictured) won the 2022 SAG Award for his role in King RichardCredit: AP
Sabrina, King Richard's estranged daughter, feels the film doesn't deserve an Oscar

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Sabrina, King Richard’s estranged daughter, feels the film doesn’t deserve an OscarCredit: John Chapple for The US Sun
Sabrina claims the film skipped Richard Williams' 'plot' (centre)

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Sabrina claims the film skipped Richard Williams’ ‘plot’ (centre)Credit: Getty

Written by Zach Baylin and directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, the film stars Smith as a hardworking father who encourages his daughters to become sports champions.

The 53-year-old actor called the win “one of the greatest moments” of his career and praised Richard Williams while on stage.

Smith said: “Richard Williams is a dreamer like no other you will ever know.

“He has a strength of belief that borders on insanity and sometimes the trick to cross borders, which is absolutely necessary to make something from impossible to possible.”

Smith received a Golden Globe for his performance in King Richard and the film was nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards, an award that Richard Williams’ estranged daughter felt the film didn’t deserve.

Sabrina, Richard’s first child and the half-sister of tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams, starred in an exclusive interview with The Sun.

She said she doesn’t think the film deserves an Oscar because it ignores Richard Williams’ past.

Sabrina was 8 years old when she said that she and her five siblings were abandoned by their father, who left after cheating on their mother.

Speaking from her home in Las Vegas, she said: “God bless Will. I’m not a fan anymore because you didn’t get the plot.

“I have nothing against my sisters, but Hollywood loves them. They love them. The UK loves them. The world loves them.

“But I don’t think Will should get an award for the way the film was made. Because it didn’t tell the whole truth. Was it his fault? No, he’s an actor. Work. What is his?to make money.

“I get it. But to me, I feel it’s a moral thing because of other movies [show the backstory]. It seems like everyone is hiding it on purpose because they want to keep a good image [of Richard]. And don’t want to hear about any of it.

“To get an award when you don’t tell the whole story, that doesn’t make any sense to me.”

Sabrina previously spoke to The Sun about her difficult childhood and how her family struggled to survive after Richard left home.

She said she was shocked when she heard the title of the movie.

“One of my friends called and said you know what, the movie is coming out. And I thought, what are you talking about?” Sabrina said.

“She said, your dad, Richard Williams and the girls, she’s on YouTube.

“So she sent me this link and I watched it and I literally fell on the floor laughing because first the title and then Will Smith doing the movie. I think, the thing. This must stop.

“And I laughed and I was like ‘King Richard,’ no, you’re a king in your own mind because a king wouldn’t leave five children, or in other words six because of a sister I live with us.

‘FULL BACKSTORY’

“And I said this to myself, you introduced earlier in life, Venus and Serena to us, you’ll make sure the half-sisters know [each other] and we could all be connected as a family if that’s what everyone wanted, but you didn’t give that chance. “

Richard, 80, married Sabrina’s late mother Betty Johnson in Los Angeles in the early 60s and they have four other children – Richard III, Ronner, Reluss and Reneeka.

He dumped his wife and 5 children, allegedly went out the door to buy Sabrina a bike – and never came back – then went on to marry Serena and Venus’ mother Oracene.

Sabrina points out many other films, including Lady Gaga’s House of Gucci, that show the full backstories of the stars, but Richard and his family just “falled from the sky to the ground and landed in Compton”.

She laughed: “That’s their story. How did it happen? And on the green earth of God, how can you forget a family, don’t you want to tell it? [the full] story? Do you know why? Because you are still ashamed of us. My father is ashamed of us. So sad. He really is like that. “

Sabrina said she met her half-sibling once by chance at Knott’s Berry Farm, an amusement park in California, when the couple were teenagers.

She approached her famous father and he said he wanted to stay in touch, but the phone number he gave her later didn’t work and she felt left out once again. again.

The film, which grossed over $34.3 million at the Box Office, was approved by Serena and Venus, and actor Smith admitted letting them see it as “the worst two hours of my life.”

Richard himself did not speak out about the film and missed a promotional session with his daughters when his health is said to have deteriorated after two strokes.

The Sun has reached out to a representative for Smith for comment and has attempted to reach Richard Williams.

‘ONLY ON RICHARD’

Sabrina recalls another time around 1998, when one of her sisters contacted Richard, and he invited them to watch Serena and Venus play tennis.

“I know about them [Serena and Venus], but I just didn’t pay attention,” she said. I guess the world was watching them at the time, but when it became something that really mattered to me was when one of my sisters called and said, ‘Dad is in town, he is at Indian Wells. ‘ This is when they used to play at Indian Wells.

“And she said, ‘Dad wants you to come down, with the girls and take some pictures and you can be there. And then we can watch the game.” And I said, “No”. And told Dad to call me, but I didn’t go down there. I want to meet them. We can meet in a hotel.

“My dad called me. He said, ‘Do you want to come down?’ I said, “No, Dad, you can come here or I can meet you guys in the hotel. He said, “You can take pictures with the girls”. ‘m is their sister.’

“It was around 1998, the last time I spoke to my dad.

“I just felt my heart drop and you know what I said, at that point.. it was never my mother, I blamed my mother the whole time, blamed my mother. It’s not never my mother, all are you. And I said to myself, you are selfish.”

She added: “You don’t care about anybody. It’s just about Richard. It’s always been about Richard Williams.”

Meanwhile, Serena has painted her father as a doting parent, describing the 2021 movie about their upbringing – titled King Richard – like a Marvel horror movie.

“I think King Richard is like Iron Man and there are still other stories surrounding it,” she told Harpers Bizarre.

“Next, obviously, will be the story of Venus, and then there’s always the story of our other three sisters, and then a mother, and then the story of Serena.”

The film about Richard Williams (pictured) was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars

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The film about Richard Williams (pictured) was nominated for Best Picture at the OscarsCredit: Getty
Sabrina says the movie starring Will Smith should have had the full story back

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Sabrina says the movie starring Will Smith should have had the full story backCredit: AFP

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