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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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Tracee Ellis Ross Spills The Real Tea On ‘Black-ish’ Wage Demands + Deon Cole, Jenifer Lewis Weigh In

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Tracee Ellis Ross is unveiling the truth behind recent reports that she was demanding more money for her time spent on ABC’s Black-ish.

Just last week, The Hollywood Reporter suggested Tracy was in negotiations and asking for more for not only going into her fourth season on the hit show, but because her male co-host, Anthony Anderson, makes significantly more than she does.

The report also claimed that if she didn’t make any headway, she might step away and consider guest starring on other shows.

Over the weekend, Ellis addressed the reports and didn’t exactly deny the claims. In a lengthy statement shared on social media, Ross said that she “was in renegotiation, like many actors find themselves in during the fourth season of a successful show.”

She continued, “I wanted to be compensated in a way that matches my contribution to a show that I love for many reasons, including the opportunity it allows me to reshape what it is to be a fully realized black woman on TV.”

She did, however, confirm that claims there were threats are false. “I wish I could have been called by the reporter to confirm that,” she wrote.

Tracy’s statement falls right in line with what her co-stars, Deon Cole and Jenifer Lewis, explained to HipHollywood on Sunday night during the 2018 SAG Awards.

When asked about Ross’ desire to earn more money, Lewis said, “Tracee should have more money, you should have more money, every woman should have more money because we’ve been in the background too long. ”

Television’s favorite mom continued, “We’ve got grab her by the pussy in the White House and women are not standing for it anymore. Black-ish is a very important show, we are dealing with all the pressing issues of our time … This is the time to look it in the face and address it and come through the fire. Women are not taking it anymore.”

Deon also shut down rumors that Ross would be taking a back seat, telling us “There’s two sides to every story. Tracee is fine, everybody is fine, and everybody is getting paid. Everybody is eating. It’s all love I promise you.”

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