Black Panther ‘shatters false Hollywood beliefs’ says Will Smith
‘What you have done is spectacular’ he told the cast.
Will Smith has heaped praise on the Black Panther cast, saying they have potentially shattered Hollywood stereotypes.
The actor and musician, 49, offered his thoughts on the Marvel film in a Facebook video post on Tuesday as he revealed he had nearly shed a tear in the cinema.
He told the cast – which includes Michael B Jordan, Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o and Letita Wright – “What you have done is spectacular”.
I want to share something that Nelson Mandela said to me. He said, “With the type of fame that you have attained it is...Posted by Will Smith on Tuesday, February 20, 2018
“You guys have challenged, potentially even shattered, a lot of longtime long held false Hollywood beliefs and paradigms.
“I just want to say congratulations to you… I am proud and excited and damn near giddy.”
In the post Smith also echoed a lesson he was once given by Nelson Mandela who told him he should let fans touch him to “prove to them that you are real – because people can not aspire to anything they do not believe is real”.
He told the cast: “Enjoy this transcendent moment. Go into the streets… Touch them… Let them know that you are real.”
Congrats to the entire #blackpanther team! Because of you, young people will finally see superheroes that look like them on the big screen. I loved this movie and I know it will inspire people of all backgrounds to dig deep and find the courage to be heroes of their own stories.— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) February 19, 2018
The film, the first superhero movie with a predominately black cast, made more than 200 million dollars (£143 million) over the weekend in the US after it experienced the biggest opening day of the year so far in the UK and Ireland.
It received backing from former US First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday who said she “loved” the film and praised it for its inclusivity.
Critics have expressed overwhelming support, and the film currently has a 97% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.