Will Smith ‘understands’ if people aren’t ‘ready’ to see new film after Oscars slap: ‘Absolutely respect that’
John Goodman is not only a co-star whose award acceptance speech is probably the best of the night, but he is responsible for bringing his Oscar-nominated movie, Silver Linings Playbook, to the big screen and having it become a success story.
For the record: A previous version of this story said John Goodman was a co-star in a drama that was his first onscreen appearance.
The actor took to Twitter to address the backlash after actor and activist Adam McKay was slammed for the film’s subject matter. He called out Smith on the filmmaker’s Twitter feed, joking about his Oscar nomination, which he won for Best Score for the movie.
“I’m sorry that you weren’t ready for this to come out,” Smith tweeted. “Absolutely respect that and that’s been said to me before & I know he understands.”
And then, he asked, “are you ready to see this movie?”
As Smith made the most of his time on the phone in his final post to his 140-character-long Twitter rant, people on Twitter started reposting the question, “are you ready to see the new movie?” That last question came just in time to get Smith’s attention.
And so, in a matter of moments, the conversation between Smith and Goodman expanded beyond Oscar nominations, into a discussion on the film. Goodman opened up about the way he feels about seeing a controversial movie like Silver Linings, and the difference in how Smith has handled his Oscar experience in light of the controversy over it.
“I’m not a fan of political films, period,” he said. “I don’t want to see movies that attack people of any type. I’d prefer to not see it. I understand why he thought it was a good idea.”
Goodman added, though he was surprised by the backlash over the film, he doesn’t want to let it get in the way of making