As part of The Hollywood Reporter’s Actors Roundtable, the stars of some of 2015’s most acclaimed films — Michael Caine (“Youth”), Benicio Del Toro (“Sicario”), Joel Edgerton (“Black Mass”), Samuel L. Jackson (“The Hateful Eight”), Mark Ruffalo (“Spotlight”) and Will Smith (“Concussion”) — sit down to share candid memories and experiences from their illustrious Hollywood careers.
One of the weightiest topics to surface in the discussion is that of prejudice and how it has affected these actors’ respective careers. In defining the difference between racism and prejudice, Will Smith states that “[he lives] with constant prejudice, but racism is actually rare — someone who thinks their race is superior.”
He continues his thought by enforcing that “historically, story combined with imagery moves humanity forward.” Ultimately, the power to incite change in the hearts and minds of society rests in the hands of actors, according to Smith. Viewers can get the full, uncensored discussion online at THR.com or in the video above.
The next roundtable episode of “Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter” will air Sunday, January 24 on Sundance TV.