Will Smith spent a year and half in preperation for his role in Ali. He went through speech training, and intensive boxing train to depict the living legend Ali. His strong performance earned him an academy award nomination for Best Actor.
Release Date: December 12, 2001
Mario Van Peebles
Movie Budget: 130 Million
Domestic: 58.2 Million
Overseas: 28.5 Million
Overall: 87.7 Million
Versions: Original, directors cut
Release Date: June 1, 2004
- Revised Scenes and never-before-seen footage
- Commentary by director Michael Mann
- Exclusive new making-of documentary
The Champ Is Here!
With wit and athletic genius, with defiant rage and inner grace, Muhammad Ali forever changed the American landscape. Fighting all comers, Ali took on the law, conventions, the status quo and the war--as well as the fists in front of him. Ali both ignited and mirrored the conflicts of his time and ours to become one of the most admired fighters in the world.
Forget what you think you know. Behind Ali's seismic accomplishments, superstar Will Smith and Academy Award®- nominated director/writer Michael Mann will take you into the heart and life of the boxer, the legend, and more importantly, the man.
Will's acting at the press conference as Ali was strong, and the boxing scenes were extremely well done.
MTV Movie Award - Best Male Performance - Will Smith
Image Award - Outstanding Motion Picture
NOMINATED - Best Actor in a leading role - Will Smith
"I'm gonna give 300 dollars to the man who brings me Howard Cosell's toupee, dead or alive."