New Orleans will have fireworks once again this year – this after almost having to give up the show due to a lack of dough … and all thanks to Will smith, who threw big.
The actor – who is currently shooting his latest film, “Emancipation”, at NOLA – has heard about the town’s intention to skip this year’s big fireworks display due to lack of funding… and, of course, they had to refrain from last year’s show as well – due to COVID.
He wasn’t about to let that happen though, it seems… initially planned – that will come to fruition later tonight.
So basically … he’s the local hero of July 4th, and the gesture didn’t go unnoticed. He received tons of thanks from city officials, as well as locals who are more than happy to find their fireworks display. The Big Boom will descend on the Mississippi River at 9 p.m. ET.
BTW, this movie Will is working on right now feels like classic Oscar bait. It tells the story of a slave named Peter on a plantation in Louisiana, who escapes and ends up fighting for the Union during the Civil War. It’s also based on a true story – you’ve probably seen the photo.
“Peter” is also known as Gordon… and it is the slave who posed for this iconic photo, showing the glaring scars on his back – which highlight the brutality of slavery.
Looks like Will is gearing up to star in the lead … and given his chops and source material, something tells us we’ll be talking about that again in the next awards season.