From ‘King Richard’ to ‘Ali’

Will Smith is a multi-talented star known for his distinguished career in television, film and music; but he is certainly no stranger to the sports world.

He is an avid Philadelphia Eagles fans and have a minority ownership shares inside Philadelphia 76ers. Although he was born and raised in West Philadelphia, Smith still plays a Compton, California sports legend in his latest film.

53-year-old actor describe Richard Williams, father and coach of Venus and Serena Williams, in “King Richard,” released on Friday. The film depicts how Williams coaches his daughters and perseveres through many adversities to become a tennis star.

Throughout his successful career, Smith has acted in various sports films. Here are some of his most notable performances, in chronological order:

Giving Golf Advice in “The Legend of Bagger Vance”

In 2000, Smith starred in “The Legend of Bagger Vance.” He’s a mysterious caddy who helps a struggling golfer get his shot back in a tournament with some star competitors.

Smith co-starred with Matt Damon and Charlize Theron for the film, but the trio didn’t have much success. The film grossed $40 million worldwide after receiving a budget of $80 million, each Box Office Mojo.

Additionally, the film was criticized for failing to address racism – as well as racial prejudice, according to a review of washington articles. Critics also did not give the film a good rating, as it currently has 45% on the Tomatometer for Rotten Tomatoes.

Nominations and Awards: Not available

Memorable sayings: “Inside each of us is a genuine, authentic spin… Something we were born with… Something that’s ours and our own… One something can’t be taught or learned… Something needs to be remembered… Over time, the world can take that swing from us… It’s buried inside us under all of our wills, our to-dos, and our oughts.”


Channeling champions in “Ali”

Smith played Muhammad Ali in the 2001 film “Ali”, which tells the story of the legendary boxer’s conversion to the Nation of Islam and his life in and out of the ring. While this isn’t a comprehensive look at Ali’s life, it does feature his famous battles against Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, and George Foreman.

Smith is part of an all-star cast that includes Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight, LeVar Burton, Michael Michele and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Smith’s wife. This product has achieved 68% Tomatometer and 65% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The series has been hailed as one of the best sports dramas of the 2000s for Smith’s accurate and detailed depiction of a popular character.

Nominations and Awards: “Ali” was nominated for two Academy Awards in 2002, one for Smith as best actor.

Memorable sayings: “This is supposed to be the war that Muhammad Ali ended. It is said to be a myth that Muhammad will fall! Supposed to be my destruction! Well, they miscalculated, they misjudged, they wrong.”


Sports Report in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”

Smith is known for being a leading man, but he squashed his cameo in the 2013 comedy”Anchorman 2,” in which he played an ESPN reporter. He only appeared in the scene where competing news stations prepared to fight in the park, but he made the most of his limited camera time. me.

Nominations and awards: No, but it was a special cameo anyway.

Memorable sayings: “Jeff Bullington, ESPN, all sports. Game of the day tonight is me, pulling your spine out of your dead body.”


Sports science dealt with in “Concussion”

In Smith’s 2015 film “Concussion,” he played Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in NFL players from multiple concussions.

Featuring actors Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, this film tells the story of Omalu’s scientific discovery and how he caught the NFL’s attention. It has 58% Tomatometer rating and 74% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Nominations and Awards: Smith was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama in 2016.

Memorable sayings: “These men are not machines. We must honor our warriors.”


Honorable Mention: Balling out in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”

We know, we know: It’s supposed to be serious movies, but who can’t help but sing along to the iconic intro to Smith’s hit sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” has his terrible hook make some viewers unhappy.

In Season 1, Episode 11, “Courting Disaster”, young Smith is a pretty decent person. He was star of his high school team, dazzle the audience with bucket after bucket. In the same episode, there is another scene where Will is working with the Basketball Hall of Famer Isiah Thomasin his dreams, Of course.

And who can forget the Bel-Air Academy jerseys that burned during that show?

awards and appointments: Smith was nominated in 1993 and 1994 for best actor in a comedy or musical. Though he didn’t win on either occasion, his performance, along with the show’s popularity, is remembered by many as one of the more successful sitcoms of the ’90s.

Memorable sayings: Too many to count

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Charles Jones

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