Comedian Paul Rodriguez has accused Will Smith of being an “a-hole” and using steroids when filming 2001 movie, Ali.
During an interview on San Diego radio station Rock105.3, Rodriguez went on claim that Smith – who portrayed legendary boxer Muhammad Ali in the biopic – was “really offensive” towards him after a supposed racially-charged row in a dressing room.
When asked about working with Smith, he revealed: “I’ve done a couple of films with him and this time we didn’t end up so good.
“I’d never work with him again, he was an a-hole”, Rodriguez added, much to the surprise of the show’s hosts.
Speaking of why he came to blows with the actor, he said: “Maybe he was on steroids or something.”
Rodriguez played Dr Ferdie Pacheco – who was Muhammad Ali’s physician – in the film, with the star adding that one day, Pacheco was “drunk as a skunk” on set and flew into a rage in Smith’s dressing room.
Rodriguez recalled: “He goes into Will Smith’s trailer and he’s upset that his part isn’t bigger and that I’m playing him. He wanted Andy Garcia to play him.
“It escalated to the point where he started using the n-word to Will – and all this is true – and the police had to come escort him off the set. From then on, Will never looked at me the same.”
He went on to add that Smith “started saying just really offensive stuff to me”, stating: “There was no cause to insult me or berate me. I’m no angel, but I didn’t have it coming this time.”
Rodriquez went on to address Smith’s alleged use of steroids again, saying an explanation for Smith’s outbursts could be “the steroids he was using to beef up”.
The actor went on to conclude that he didn’t know if Smith had used steroids during the film of Ali but questioned how he went from being “a skinny dude to a massive guy”.
It’s thought that Smith spent seven hours a day boxing and prepping for the movie, and after months of training, weighed in at 215 pounds – the weight of the three-time heavyweight champion of the world when he was in his prime.
Smith is yet to comment on Rodriquez’s claims.