Will Smith Almost Lost “Independence Day” Part Due to Racial Bias


Will Smith’s iconic role in ‘Independence Day’ set him off on a path of fame and

notoriety as a movie star, as he would appear in many blockbuster films following the

movie’s success. However, it was revealed that Will Smith almost lost out on the role due

to a racial bias.

It was noted that Smith was the first choice for the ‘Independence Day,’ but the director

of the movie—Roland Emmerich, said the studio didn’t want Smith because they felt

casting a Black man would hinder the movie’s box office pull in international markets.

Emmerich noted that he wasn’t riding for that thought from the studio and even went as

far as threatening to take the movie to another studio. A producer on the film—Dean

Devlin, said, “They said, ‘You cast a Black guy in this part, you’re going to kill foreign

[box office].’” Devlin continued saying, “Our argument was, ‘Well, the movie is about

space aliens. It’s going to do fine foreign.’ It was a big war, and Roland really stood up

for [Smith] — and we ultimately won that war.” Because of that, the movie went on to

make almost $1 billion at the box office.

source: Hollywood Reporter

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