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Will Smith Says He's 'Very Pleased At How Quickly The Academy Responded' To Diversity Issue

Will Smith is dapper in a suit while hitting the red carpet at the special screening of Concussion held at the Ham Yard Hotel on Thursday (January 28) in London, England.

The following morning, the 47-year-old actor switched into something more casual to visit the BBC Radio 2 studios in support of the flick.

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Will and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith are boycotting the 2016 Oscars due to a lack of diversity, and he recently opened up about being quite pleased with the Academy’s response.

“I was very pleased at how quickly and aggressively the Academy responded,” Will told the BBC. “I want to be very clear about the spirit of what I’m saying. This is far beyond me. This has nothing to do with me. This has nothing to do with awards. That’s a really frivolous reason for me to put my hand up and make a statement. For me this is much more about the idea of diversity and inclusion.”

“I think that it’s not us and them—it’s we,” Will concluded. “I’m a member of the Academy, so it’s much more a domestic family issue than it is a civil rights issue, so it’s a problem we all have to solve.”

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Will Smith On 2016 Oscars Boycott: 'This Is Completely Not About Me'

Will Smith is all smiles while hitting the carpet at the photo call for his latest film Concussion on Wednesday (January 27) at the Villamagna Hotel in Madrid, Spain.

The 47-year-old actor and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith are boycotting the 2016 Oscars due to a lack of diversity, and recently opened up more about the issue.

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“I consider the Hollywood community my extended family. So to me, there is a problem that we, as a Hollywood community, as a Hollywood family, have to solve, and we’re going to work really hard to make it right,” Will told the Europa Press. “Family is everything for me. The reason to do everything that I do is be able to have love.”

“This is completely not about me. I didn’t feel hurt,” Will added. “To me it is much more about eliminating the beauty of what makes America and what makes Hollywood great. And diversity is our superpower. I don’t believe that we can allow it to slip away from the beauty of the diversity and the cultural rainbow that is America. I think Hollywood needs to not only reflect that, but Hollywood needs to lead in the creation of that imagery. So I want to leave a more colorful and diverse Hollywood than the one I found.”

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Will Smith Boycotted the 1989 Grammys Because of Diversity Issues

Will Smith beams at the premiere of his movie Concussion on Wednesday (January 27) at the Callao Cinema in Madrid, Spain.

The 47-year-old actor and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith are boycotting the 2016 Oscars due to a lack of diversity, and a video recently pulled from the ET archives shows it isn’t Will’s first boycott.

Will boycotted the 1989 Grammys along with his musical partner DJ Jazzy Jeff because the rap categories weren’t being televised.

“We don’t have the problem with the Grammy as an award or the Grammys as an institution, we just had a problem with the 1989 design of the awards show,” Will told ET at the time. “We chose to boycott. We feel that it’s a slap in the face.”

Also pictured: Jada filming a scene for Bad Moms in New Orleans.

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Fresh Prince's Janet Hubert Slams Will & Jada Pinkett-Smith's Oscars 2016 Boycott Again

Will Smith‘s former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air co-star Janet Hubert called out him and his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith‘s Oscars 2016 boycott earlier in the week, and she’s not holding anything back in this new interview.

“The Smiths just irked me because they are such pretenders and everything is a photo op. It’s just self-contrived because her hubby didn’t get a nomination,” the 60-year-old actress told the Los Angeles Times about the 47-year-old actor and 44-year-old actress.

“I was looking at this ridiculousness people called a historic moment and I was annoyed,” Janet continued. “I was annoyed because it dilutes the movement when you only stand up for yourself. Y’all are at your mansion in a gilded cage, standing up there with billions of dollars in the bank. You could do more for the industry and for black Hollywood than anyone could. You could be mentoring young screenwriters. You could be setting up a program. You have the ability to do so much.”

“There are actors who have never gotten an Oscar and have done amazing work. If you are waiting for an award of a little … gold statue and that’s supposed to validate you, then you’re not in this business for the right reasons. We do the work. It’s about the work. It’s about taking the pages of a script and bringing them to life. It ain’t that deep. We get paid a lot of money to do very little work,” Janet added.

Will Smith Joining Jada Pinkett-Smith in Oscars 2016 Boycott

Will Smith has announced he will be joining wife Jada Pinkett-Smith in her boycott of the 2016 Oscars.

“No,” the 47-year-old actor said when asked if he would be going. “My wife’s not going. It would be awkward to show up with Charlize [Theron] … we’ve discussed it. … We’re part of this community. But at this current time, we’re uncomfortable to stand there and say this is OK.”

Will talked about diversity in Hollywood as a whole as well during his one-on-one interview with ABC News. Watch the interview below…

'Suicide Squad' Official Trailer Debuts Online - Watch Now!

The official trailer for the highly anticipated movie Suicide Squad has been released!

The movie will star Will Smith as Deadshot, Jared Leto as The Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress.

Also featured in the star-studded cast are Scott Eastwood, Common, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jay Hernandez, Karen Fukuhara, Jim Parrack, and Adam Beach.

Suicide Squad follows imprisoned super villains who are recruited by a secret government agency to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency. It will be released in theaters on August 5.


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Will Smith's 'Fresh Prince' Co-Star Janet Hubert Slams Jada Pinkett-Smith's Oscars Boycott (Video)

Janet Hubert, who played Will Smith‘s Aunt Vivian on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, is slamming Jada Pinkett-Smith for her 2016 Oscars boycott.

The 60-year-old actress uploaded a video to YouTube where she shared her sentiments. Warning: this video contains NSFW language.

“I’ve been trying to figure out: Do I really want to do this? Yeah, I do. Today, being the celebration of Martin Luther King’s birthday and hitting 60 years old…I want to say something to Jada Pinkett Smith asking other black actors to boycott the Oscars. First of all, Miss Thing: Does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak?” Janet said.

“The second thing, girlfriend, there’s a lot of s— going on in the world that you all don’t seem to recognize. People are dying. Our boys are being shot left and right. People are hungry. People are starving. People are trying to pay bills,” the actress continued. “And you’re talking about some motherf—ing actors and Oscars. It just ain’t that deep,” she continued.

“Here’s the other thing, for you to ask other actors to jeopardize their careers…You know damn well, you don’t do that,” Janet added in her rant. “They don’t care! I find it ironic that somebody who has made their living and made millions and millions of dollars from the very people [who are doing this]…That is not the way life works, baby. It’s very suspect to me.”

Watch Janet’s entire video below…

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