Mark Ruffalo And Will Smith Weigh In On Oscar Boycott
As I mentioned in my previous post, celebrities all over Hollywood are weighing in the Oscar boycott. It is a hot button topic that is getting serious consideration from Hollywood A-listers, including George Clooney (as I mentioned before), Jada Pinkett Smith, Spike Lee, Lupita Nyong’o, Will Smith, and now Mark Ruffalo. ‘The Avengers’ actor recently sat down with the BBC for his Oscar nominated role in ‘Spotlight’ but did discuss the current situation regarding the upcoming awards show. He went on to say:
“I’m weighing it, that’s where I’m at right now. I woke up in the morning thinking, ‘What is the right way to do this?’ Because if you look at Martin Luther King’s legacy, what he was saying was that the good people who don’t act are much worse than the wrongdoers who are purposefully not acting and don’t know the right way.”
Ruffalo is a guy who never fit the conventional movie star mold, he very well could have went that route but he never wore that role well. The guy is indie through and through, he seems like a man who sticks to his guns no matter what the rest of the consensus says. This issue is something he seems truly conflicted on but I feel he will truly do what he feels is right, not for him, but for the cause. Another actor who recently spoke out was Big Willie himself only days after his wife Jada Pinkett spoke out about her disdain for the academy and this years all white nominations. Smith went on Good Morning America and said:
“I was out of the country at the time, and I came home and I went, ‘What happened?’ … She’s deeply passionate and when she is moved, she has to go. And I heard her words and I was knocked over. I was happy to be married to that woman. But I appreciated the push. There’s a position that we hold in this community and if we’re not a part of the solution, we’re a part of the problem. It was her call to action for herself, for me and for our family, to be a part of the solution.”
I guess we’ll see how many of these celebs actually follow through.