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Series 25, Episode 6 - Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Kevin Hart, Octavia Spencer, Shakespears Sister

Will Smith talks about his bucket list, Naomi Scott says it's surreal starring with Will, Octavia Spencer says being scary is fun, Kevin Hart jokes about playing a villain, if only an animated one, and Shakespears Sister performs live in the studio.

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Will Smith, talking about his new film Aladdin, and asked how hard was deciding to play the Genie, says, "It was actually terrifying for me getting the first call. It was a deep honour being asked, but Robin Williams didn't leave much room for improvement - he revolutionised what you can do in animation. I watched the movie a couple of times and it was only when I started playing with the music and rapping that it gave me an 'in' to maintaining the nostalgia and paying homage to Robin Williams' genie, while adding a new flavour."

Talking about turning 50, and working through a bucket list of dangerous things, he says, "A huge part of my childhood was marked by fear and a huge part of my drive in life was marked by fear. You can generate great things, you can succeed and win, but you can never really be happy if you're scared. I'd turned 50 and I'd created this wonderful life and this wonderful career, but I felt trapped by being Will Smith - I have kids so I can't do that, or I'm famous so I can't say that, or people look at me so I can't behave like that - so part of the bucket list was to give myself the freedom to do all of the things that I had put in my mind that I couldn't do. I'm now being adventurous, and I've always wanted to be that."

Naomi Scott, talking about working with Will, says, "How it happened I will never know. It's crazy and I am excited. It's kind of surreal being in a movie with him. I don't know what to say other than I am done for life."

Asked about the character of Princess Jasmine, she says, "We wanted to make her more ambitious. She's fighting for the freedom to marry who she wants in the original and in this one she's fighting to become a leader, a politician. That's what I love about this version."

Octavia Spencer, talking about her new horror film Ma, and asked about starring in a scary movie for the first time, says, "I love scary and intense, so it's refreshing to do something different - I didn't have to nurture anyone! It's all new, exciting and really different."

Asked by Will if she finds going to really dark places in a character fun, she says, "It was enjoyable until I was in a situation where I had to scare people and I had to check in with my screen partner when we were doing all this violent stuff and a couple of times people got a little freaked out. So, I was having fun at first and then I thought, 'We've got to calm down.'"

Will interjects, "I'm really scared of roles like that because sometimes when you go really deep into character some stuff can stick. I was offered Django but one of the reasons I turned it down was because I worried what it would do to me."

Talking about getting the role, Octavia says, "When a friend asked me to do it I was like, 'Stop. Black people always die in the first 15 minutes of a movie.' They were like, 'You're not going to die, and not only do you not die, you get to kill everybody!'"

Kevin Hart, talking about his new movie Secret Life Of Pets 2, says, "The biggest thing for me is telling kids that Snowball is black! It's the hardest thing to explain. It's good because I love the progression of the story and I love animation, it's not an area I thought I would find success in. It's a high for me. I want to be a villain, but no one would believe it, so Snowball is a good way in for me - he's quite the thug!"

Asked about Harrison Ford being in the movie, Kevin says, "Here's how good he is. He didn't do a voice at all! We're like, 'Let's put a little voice on, something we can equate to animation', but Harrison Ford is just Harrison Ford and he is so good!"

Will and Kevin, both known for their online motivational speeches, help audience members resolve their problems. Those with a fear of feet, a lack of motivation and a lactose intolerance are given hilarious, but sage advice.

Shakespears Sister performs Stay live in the studio, before joining Graham for a chat. Talking about working together again after 27 years, Marcella says, "It came out of the blue. I'd reached out to Siobhan a few times, but I guess it wasn't the right time. I was so glad I got the call from her manager."

Siobhan adds, "It was weird and emotional when we clapped eyes on each other and tears sprang to our eyes. We didn't expect that. We cleared the air over a coffee and realised we still liked each other and that we are quite similar, and all the grievances were all gone. Now there's just the joy of creating together."

Broadcast details

Friday 10th May 2019
50 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Graham Norton Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Will Smith Guest
Kevin Hart Guest
Naomi Scott Guest
Octavia Spencer Guest
Siobhan Fahey (as Shakespears Sister) Guest
Marcella Detroit (as Shakespears Sister) Guest
Writing team
Rob Colley Writer
Christine Rose Writer
Production team
Steve Smith Director
Jon Magnusson Series Producer
Pete Snell Producer
Vicky Taylor Producer
Kate Radcliffe Producer
Graham Stuart Executive Producer


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