“The Last Taboo: Will Smith, “Focus,” And Hollywood’s Interracial Couples Problem”

“Will Smith has already saved the world.

But ultimately that might not be his biggest on-screen accomplishment. Now he’s poised to solve what is arguably Hollywood’s last taboo: interracial couples.

You could say that Smith has also already bridged the gap between black and white audiences. As one of Hollywood’s most bankable actors, Smith has starred in some of the biggest blockbusters that have been marketed and watched on a universal level—no one would call the Men in Black franchise or Independence Day “black” movies. But there’s something deeper at play in Smith’s body of work, and that is the issue of on-screen, interracial romances.



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