20th Century Fox executives didn’t want Will Smith to star in Independence Day

Director Roland Emmerich and writer-producer Dean Devlin spoke about this in a new interview with THR on the occasion of their 25th anniversary. According to them, the studio was confident that viewers abroad would not go to a film with a black actor in the lead role.

We were told: “Take the black guy – destroy the international box office for the film.” A big war broke out, Roland defended Smith to the last, since in our case the main priority was the plot of the invasion. The war was won, Devlin said.

As a result, the film managed to raise over $ 800 million worldwide with a budget of $ 75 million, which allowed it to become the highest-grossing film in 1996.


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