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Will Smith knows people are side-eyeing his Nigerian accent in Concussion, but he’s ok with it. HipHollywood sat down with 47-year-old actor to talk about the film and he told us he’s read the hilarious tweets, and even watched a Nigerian comedian’s video about his portrayal, and had a good laugh about it.
“Somebody sent me the link, and he said, Will Smith is doing a Nigerian accent in his film, and the haters will say his accent is not real, I say he sounds like a Nigerian with a concussion,” laughed the Philadelphia native.
But besides taking dialect training Smith also had to undergo a physical transformation to help him look more like Nigerian doctor Dr. Bennet Omalu. “I had a prosthetic that was glued to pull my ears back and that changes the shape of my face,” he explained. “And I had a small piece that changed the shape of the hairline. It was really subtle, but just little things like that.”
In the film, Dr. Omalu goes head to head (pun intended) with the NFL after discovering a connection between football and brain damage which became known as CTE. British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who plays his wife, told us she had to watch a lot of American football to prep for the role, but also looks at the sport differently after working on the film.
“Now that I watch football I watch it differently because I kind of know too much, to enjoy it int he same way,” she said. “But I think it’s about education and understanding the breathe of the game.”
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What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Satellite



One of the many taglines for the new drama, Geostorm, is simply: “Some things weren’t meant to be controlled.”

The film follows a team comprised of world leaders that have one goal in mind: to save the world from natural disasters with the creation of Dutch Boy, a series of satellite grids that control weather and natural disasters around the world.

And while the movie is flooded with action and stellar performances, the film ironically rivals recent natural disasters and crises around the world, and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genus behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard Butler, told HipHollywood. “But nobody knew how acutely it was going to be happening when the movie came out.”

He added, “It’s fun, it’s epic, it’s exciting, but at its core, it’s like, listen, ‘We gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

Co-star Jim Sturgess added. “There is this sort of backbone, a message about climate change, and you kind of hope that audience members leave with that somewhere in the consciousness.”

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural weather patterns, imagine if the same could apply for people’s personal lives.

So when HipHollywood sat down with the cast of the film, we asked: If you could have a grid of satellites over your personal life, what would it control?

For Abbie Cornish, she “wouldn’t mind a satellite that could bring all the local organic seasonal fruits and vegetables to my house ” or “a satellite to drop down fresh flowers.” Jim Sturgess suggested he would love help with “being late for things.”

But it was Butler who suggested “integration.”

He explained, “As opposed to having different satellites and saying, ‘Here’s one for my personal life, here’s one for my relationships, here’s one for my career; I’d rather just have one big satellite, combine them all together, and just shine a whole bunch of positive inspirational light on me as a whole.”

Geostorm hits theaters on Friday, October 20.

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