“Concussion” actor, Will Smith, is one of Holywood’s greatest actors, and he has one or two things to say about racism and prejudice in the industry.
"I live with constant prejudice, but racism is actually rare"
During The Hollywood Reporter’s Actor’s Roundtable, Will Smith spoke on racism and prejudice in Hollywood, and how it has affected his career.
During The Hollywood Reporter’s 2015 Actor’s Roundtable, Smith alongside Michael Caine, Benicio Del Toro, Joel Edgerton, Samuel L. Jackson and Mark Ruffalo, discussed what they described as prejudice in their industry.
According to Smith, Everybody is prejudiced, but racism is something rare. He also spoke on avoiding racists filmmakers.
" My wife and I were just having this conversation, and we were going to the dictionary for “prejudice” versus “racism.” Everybody is prejudiced," he said.
Everybody has their life experiences that make them prefer one thing over another — it makes them prefer blond hair over a brunette; if you see somebody with dark skin walking down the street, you have a different reaction than you have [with] someone who is 5-foot-1 and white.
But there is a connotation with racism of superiority: You feel that your race generally is superior. And I have to say, I live with constant prejudice, but racism is actually rare — someone who thinks their race is superior.
I don’t want to work for them. I don’t want to work at that company. And the times I have come in contact with it, you get away from those people."
Smith is getting Oscar buzz for his role as Dr. Bennet Omalu in the upcoming
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