Emancipation star Will Smith handed out cash to extras playing dead bodies on set in extreme heat

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17 Nov 2022, 17:42

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Good old Will Smith. The actor put his hand in his own pocket and went round giving money to extras on set who were playing dead bodies in graves in his new film Emancipation because it was so hot.

Director Antoine Fuqua called Will the ‘nicest person I’ve ever met in my life’, and said of Smith: “He was kind to everyone on the set. Will would go around and hug and shake hands – we had 300-something extras and military. Marines.

“He’s funny. He’s fun. We had certain extras that were the dead bodies in the graves, and he would go give them money for lying there in that heat of over 100 degrees.”

Based on the true story of a man, Gordon, in 1860's Louisiana during the Civil War, the Apple TV+ action thriller stars Smith as 'a slave who flees a plantation in Louisiana after he was whipped within an inch of his life. He has to outwit cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana on a torturous journey north'.

Speaking to Vanity Fair, he continued: “I have nothing but amazing things to say about Will Smith, really genuinely. You can ask anybody that worked on the movie, they’ll tell you the same. Nicest person I’ve ever met in my life.”

Emancipation is in cinemas on 2 December and on Apple TV+ on 9 December.