Will Smith speaks out against Netflix Cannes ban

Rianne Houghton
Digital Spy
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Photo credit: Stephane Cardinale / Getty Images

From Digital Spy

Will Smith has spoken out in defence of Netflix following the streaming service's ban from next year's Cannes Film Festival.

Will is firmly against the decision to keep only films distributed in French cinemas in contention, which is no surprise considering his film Bright is due to premiere on... Netflix.

During a press conference yesterday (May 17), Cannes jury president Pedro Almodovar justified the festival's decision to deny future Netflix titles the chance of winning its coveted awards.

Suggesting that cinema should be a "big-screen" experience initially, Almodovar said (via Variety): "The size [of the screen] should not be smaller than the chair on which you're sitting.

"It should not be part of your everyday setting. You must feel small and humble in front of the image that's here."

Something Will wasn't having. At all. Arguing that people can enjoy watching films both in cinemas and at home, Will said his children 'go to the movies and watch Netflix'.

Photo credit: Sony
Photo credit: Sony

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"There's very little cross between going to the cinema and watching what they watch on Netflix in my home," he said. "In my house, Netflix has been nothing but an absolute benefit.

"They get to see films they absolutely wouldn't have seen," he added. "Netflix brings a great connectivity. There are movies that are not on a screen within 8,000 miles of them. They get to find those artists."

You can find Will the artist when his movie Bright hits Netflix this December.

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