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Will Smith hit by trolls who say his skin isn't dark enough to play Serena and Venus Williams' dad in new movie
The 50-year-old actor has been cast to play the tennis ace's father Richard but sports writer Clarence Hill Jr wrote: "Colorism matters… love Will Smith but there are other black actors for this role."
Another wrote: "Why is he always cast in roles portraying dark skin men like there aren't tons of black actors that would make more sense for the role?"
A third said: "I love Will Smith more than anyone but why not cast Mahershala Ali or somebody darker skinned like the man being portrayed actually is #DarkSkinMatters."
Other also suggested that Idris Elba should play Richard, who was Serena and her sister Venus's tennis coach and manager.
But there were those who supported the movie's decision to cast the Seven Pounds actor.