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Will Smith on Why the Story of ‘Women of the Movement’ Is Important to Tell (Exclusive)
Will Smith is shedding light on true stories behind his latest miniseries, .ET's Nischelle Turner spoke to Smith at the Palm Springs International Film Awards, where he touched on the importance of the show, which tells the story of Mamie Till-Mobley, who devoted her life to seeking justice for her son, Emmett Till, following his brutal murder.«There was a time in my life, where I was concerned with being a movie star and that concern has moved on,» Smith, who is serving as an executive producer on the series said of taking projects like  and his most recent film,. «I want to make stories that make me smile, I want to tell stories that make me cry and I want to tell stories about the triumph of the human spirit.»«I want to create things that have some contributing value to the human family,» Smith continued.In addition to boasting an all-star cast, the series also has JAY-Z as an executive producer on the project, with both the Oscar-nominated actor and 23-time GRAMMY-winning rapper signing on via their respective production companies, Overbrook and Roc Nation.ET's Kevin Frazier spoke with the cast at the show's Los Angeles premiere last month, and while they admit that none of them have talked to Smith or JAY-Z, their impact as collaborators was felt throughout.Cedric Joe, who portrays Till-Mobley's son, Emmett, said knowing Smith and JAY-Z were part of the project made it that much more special.«It's definitely exciting, especially growing up and being fans [of them],» Joe said.
Willard Carroll Smith Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor and rapper. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards.