December 25 - Will Smith stars as "Ali" hits the theaters

On this day 11 years ago, Michael Mann's film "Ali" premiered in theaters. The movie was a biographical film based on boxing and sports icon Muhammad Ali. Will Smith landed the coveted role of the legendary Ali and did an exceptional job, as the role earned him nominations at both the Academy Awards and Golden Globes for "Best Actor". Smith had to gain significant weight for the role and has gone on record to say this movie was his best work to date.

The movie grossed over $87 million worldwide, and featured supporting roles by Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight, and James Toney. The movie did an outstanding job of revealing what Ali's life was like during the prime of his boxing career, and many thought it was a fitting homage to one of the most iconic names in the history of professional sports.




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