During one major 'King Richard' screening, Will Smith had the 'worst two hours ever.'
The biopic King Richard has gotten a lot of buzz this year.
The film was well-received at film festivals, and it received a whopping 91 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Actor Will Smith, on the other hand, wasn't always sure how King Richard would perform in front of the "one audience" that matters: Venus and Serena Williams.
He recently explained why a particular screening was the "worst two hours ever."
The story of Richard Williams (Smith), the father of Venus (Saniyya Sidney) and Serena (Demi Singleton), is told in King Richard.
In the film, he approaches a number of people with his 84-page plan for ensuring his daughters' success on the tennis court.
The plot follows his tumultuous journey as he pushes his daughters to have a better life than he did as a child.
Several others, on the other hand, questioned his parenting methods and overall relationship with his daughters.
The sports drama centers on the characters, but it eventually transports the audience to the tennis court to experience the sport.
Smith is introduced as a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
They talk about King Richard's experiences on the sports drama.
This isn't the first time he's played a character based on someone who is still alive to judge his performance.
Smith was apprehensive about hearing Venus and Serena's reactions to the movie.
"It's terrifying when you're playing a living person and you know they're going to see it," Smith said.
"And it was beautiful; Venus and Serena were ecstatic about the prospect; they said they would potentially be executive producers and would walk us through the entire process, but they would wait until they saw the film before deciding whether or not to put their names on it."
"So, then I get the call that Venus and Serena are walking into the theater to see the film, and it's like the worst two hours ever," Smith continued.
Smith added, "I did it with Muhammad Ali."
"Then there was Pursuit of Happiness and Concussion with people who were all alive. It's the only audience. You just pray to God that you've spent a year telling this story and that they like it. Venus and Serena cried the entire time. They loved it."
On King Richard, Venus and Serena serve as executive producers.
King Richard was praised by critics and audiences alike for its outstanding performances and inspirational story.
The sports drama was also nominated for a Golden Globe.
Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Original Song - Motion Picture, Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture, and Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama were all nominated for the film.
The film King Richard is now playing in theaters.
It's also on HBO Max until December 19th.