“It was the worst two hours of my life, but they were a mess with tears, and they loved it.” – Will Smith described showing Venus and Serena Williams
Will Smith was one of the featured guests on “The Graham Norton Show” Friday, during which he described the uncomfortable experience of showing Venus and Serena Williams “King Richard,” according to preview quotes from the show, which was recorded earlier, sent to Insider.
Smith — who produced the biopic and starred as the Williams sisters’ father Richard Williams — said both Venus and Serena Williams had agreed to act as executive producers on the film and aid the production, “but they wanted to see the movie before they decided if they would put their names to it.”
Discussing the first screening for the sisters, Smith said: “It was the worst two hours of my life, but they were a mess with tears, and they loved it.”
Later in reference to his previous work on “Ali,” the movie biopic of the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, Smith said: “I had made the mistake of watching ‘Ali’ for the first time while sitting behind Muhammad Ali and mid-way through the movie, he turned to his wife and said, ‘Was I that crazy?'”