“Original Aunt Viv” Janet Hubert isn’t alone on the list of Will Smith’s former co-stars that didn’t enjoy working with him. Comedian Paul Rodriguez, who co-starred with Smith in Ali, went in on the acclaimed actor in a radio interview calling him an “a-hole”and throwing out steroid accusations.
Repots the Daily Mail:
Rodriguez said the Fresh Prince star, who played legendary boxer Muhammad Ali in the biopic, was ‘really offensive’ towards him after a supposedly racially-charged row in a dressing room.
Speaking to San Diego radio station Rock 105.3, the funnyman said he was working with Smith in Ali at the time of the bust-up.
“I’ve done a couple of films with him and this time we didn’t end up so good,’ Rodriguez said. “I’d never work with him again, he was an a-hole,’ he added.
When asked why he fell out with the Men in Black actor, Rodriguez said: ‘Maybe he was on steroids or something.”
Rodriguez played Muhammad Ali’s physician, Dr. Ferdie Pacheco in the 2001 film, and also co-starred with Smith in 1993’s Made in America. Coincidentally, Dr. Pacheco, who wanted to be portrayed by Andy Garcia, may have caused some tension between Smith and Rodriguez. As he tells it, Pacheco called Smith the “n-word” during a drunken on-set tirade, and the Philly native maybe couldn’t separate fact from fiction.
Hear his full interview below.