Fuqua Juggles Will Smith Comeback And Slavery Politics In ‘Emancipation’

Directing “Emancipation,” a brutal and harrowing film about slavery set deep in the alligator-infested Louisiana swamps, was always going to be a challenge for Antoine Fuqua — and then his star Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars.

Despite reports that Apple could delay its release until the raging controversy around Smith’s actions subsides, the movie hits theaters this weekend and streams globally next Friday, raising fears that audiences and Oscars voters could boycott it.

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