King Richard’s Venus Williams Actress Drops a Heart-Warming Message to Will Smith Over His New Release

Published 10/05/2022, 10:10 AM EDT
Demi Singleton, Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Saniyya Sidney attend the 2021 AFI Fest Closing Night Premiere screening for “King Richard” at TCL Chinese theatre in Los Angeles, California, U.S. November 14, 2021. REUTERS/Ringo Chiu

King Richard graced theaters in 2021. The movie encompassed the story of Serena and Venus Williams from their father’s point of view. It showcased what the family went through to help the girls taste success in the end. From critics to the general crowd, everyone found the movie inspiring and well-made. And the biggest credit for this goes to the actors who adapted perfectly to the personalities of these people.

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While Will Smith played Richard Williams’ part, Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton acted as his daughters Venus and Serena. Further, as they spent so much time together, the girls not only studied the nuances of acting from Smith but also got close to him.

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On-screen Venus Williams Saniyya Sidney thanks Will Smith

Smith’s latest project, Emancipation, had its first screening on October 1, and he introduced the movie to his fans by uploading a clip on social media. And wrote,This was the hardest movie I’ve ever made. Blood, Sweat & Tears… LITERALLY! Shoutout to Apple, who doubled (and tripled) down on their commitment to deliver this epic story to the world.”

 

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To which, alongside crowds of fans, the impressed Sidney commented, Thank you Mr Will for this story!!” Speaking of the movie, it is a historical action thriller directed by Antoine Fuqua staring Ben Foster and Smith.

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Further, the plot of the movie revolves around a slave who escapes from a Louisiana plantation and outwits hunters to make his way to the north. It will reach the theaters on December 2 and will be available for streaming on Apple TV+ from December 9 onwards. 

The Oscar mayhem

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As the movie King Richard was a great success, it booked several Academy Award nominations. King Richard was in a run for a total of six awards in the 94th season of Oscar. However, the entire focus of the event was diverted when Smith, who later lifted the award for the best actor, raised his hand on Chris Rock.

Will Smith (R) hits Chris Rock as Rock spoke on stage during the 94th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 27, 2022. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Rock, the famous comedian and the host of the evening, made a comment on the actor’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair. Although he meant no disrespect, his words irked Smith, and he approached the stage to plant a slap on Rock’s face.

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However, later the 54-year-old apologised for his violent behavior. He took responsibility for his actions and detailed how his wife is suffering from a medical condition in a note. Thus explaining the sudden rage.

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Mahima Verma

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Mahima Verma is a Tennis writer for EssentiallySports. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Hotel Management from IHM Mumbai. A sports enthusiast, particularly Tennis since her childhood, Mahima believes that she is fortunate enough to witness the legends like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams play.

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