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February 22, 2016
Comedian Paul Rodriguez says Will Smith used steroids during the filming of 'Ali'
Comic Paul Rodriguez says Will Smith was “an a--hole” to him during the filming of “Ali.” Comedian Paul Rodriguez just threw some major shade at “Men in Black” star Will Smith. The funny man and activist trashed the high-powered actor during a Friday interview on San Diego radio station KIOZ. “I’ve done a couple of films with him and this time we didn’t end up so good,” he said, referencing the pair’s time working together on “Ali,” a 2001 film featuring Smith in the title role. “I’d never work with him again, he was an a-hole,” he said. When asked why, the comic postulated “maybe he was on steroids or something.” From there, he launched into a more detailed explanation.
Muhammad Ali’s former physician Dr. Ferdie Pacheco — the man Rodriguez played on the big screen — was on set and “just drunk as a skunk.”
He went into Smith’s dressing room, complaining about Rodriguez as a casting choice. “It escalated to the point where he started using the n-word to Will — and all this is true — and the police had to come escort him off the set,” Rodriguez claimed. “So from then on, Will never looked at me the same,” he added. After that, the “Fresh Prince” star “started saying just really offensive stuff to me.” Rodriguez declined to give examples, saying he couldn’t repeat the specifics on the radio, but he emphasized that all the nastiness was entirely unmerited. “There was no cause to insult me or berate me,” he said.   The comic admitted he doesn’t always play nice himself and has even cursed at the likes of Johnny Carson. “I’m no angel, but I didn’t have it coming this time.” When one of the show’s hosts again pressed Rodriguez about the cause for Smith’s rude remarks, the comedian suggested, “Maybe the steroids he was using to beef up?” He followed it up by adding that he didn’t “know that for a fact but basically how does a guy… go from a skinny dude to a massive guy?” The comic ended with some back-handed compliments. “I have nothing praises as far as the actor and his talent and everything, but how he treated me? “Not cool.” http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/comic-claims-smith-a-hole-steroids-article-1.2539326