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In a first, Smith to play a racist black dude

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Hollywood star Will Smith said it is a rarity for a black actor to portray a racist character as films have hardly explore that angle to the stereotype. The 48-year-old actor, who will be next seen in fantasy film “Bright” as LAPD officer Scott Ward, admitted as an actor of colour, it was “bizarre” that his character was given the prejudice trait, reported FemaleFirst.

“As a black dude, you just don’t get a lot of movies where you’re a racist. It’s rugged and powerful and really bizarre for me to be on the other side of that,” Smith told Empire magazine.

The David Ayer-directed movie is set in a world where humans live coexist with fairytale creatures such as orcs and elves, and rather than showing racism between humans, the story explores the tensions between people and creatures.