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Jon Bernthal on King Richard, the Incredible True Story and American Gigolo

He also talks about his collaboration with Will Smith, how everyone involved in the creation of “King Richard” went all out, and more.


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With the director Reinaldo Marcus Green king richard now playing in theaters and streaming on HBO Max, I recently had the opportunity to speak with Jon bernthal about playing Coach Rick macci in the fantastic sports biopic. As you saw in the trailers, king richard stars Will smith, as titular “King” Richard williams, the father and trainer of two of the biggest names in world tennis, Serena and Venus Williams, played by Demi Singleton and Saniyya Sidney, respectively. With an incredible performance by Will Smith and a story you’ll think made up but absolutely true, king richard is a great reminder that anything is possible, as long as you are willing to work. The film also stars Aunjanue Ellis as Oracene ‘Brandy’ Williams, Tony goldwyn as coach Paul Cohen, and Dylan mcdermott.


During the interview, Bernthal talks about some of the things he heard about the story he thought was made up but was actually true, how the family actually had two more children in an attempt to make them tennis stars, if he could watch any of the videos Richard Williams recorded, how would everyone involved in making king richard went all out to make the movie, staying in character, working with Will Smith and more.


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Plus, with Bernthal getting ready to shoot Showtime’s American gigolo early next year, he explained why he agreed to star in the show. If you are not familiar with the project, the pilot was written and produced by David Hollander (Ray donovan) and is described as a current reimagining of the iconic 1980 film. Bernthal will play the character of Julian Kaye, who is introduced to the series 15 years after being arrested for murder and struggling to find his place in the film industry. modern Los Angeles sex – while searching for the truth about the montage that sent him to jail all those years ago and also hoping to reconnect with his one true love Michelle, played by Boardwalk Empire‘s Gretchen Mol.

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Check out what Jon Bernthal had to say in the player above and below, that’s exactly what we talked about, followed by the synopsis.

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  • If someone hasn’t seen anything they’ve done, what should they look at first?

  • Has he ever gone so deep into a role that someone took him aside and said you might need to pull him back a bit?

  • How everyone does king richard did everything to make the film.

  • Has he ever gone to lunch with Will Smith where they both stayed in character during the meal?

  • What are some of the things he heard about the story that he thought were made up but were actually true?

  • Was he able to watch any of the videos Richard Williams recorded of who he is playing and did that help him prepare for the role?

  • Does he still do American gigolo?

  • What was it American gigolo who made him want to do the series?

  • How he was afraid to do American gigolo and that’s the main reason he ended up doing it.


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Here is the official synopsis of king richard:

Based on the true story that will inspire the world, King Richard of Warner Bros. Pictures follows the journey of Richard Williams, a fearless father who helped raise two of the most extraordinarily gifted athletes of all time, who would ultimately change the sport of tennis forever. Driven by a clear vision for their future and using unconventional methods, Richard has a plan that will take Venus and Serena Williams from the streets of Compton, Calif., To the world stage as legendary icons. The deeply moving film shows the power of family, perseverance, and unwavering faith as a way to achieve the impossible and make an impact on the world.


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Will Smith says Williams sisters only accepted ‘King Richard’ EP after watching movie

Smith also talked about the “Jedi Spirit trick” that Venus and Serena Williams’ father played to them when they were kids.

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