Somebody make Paul Rodriguez a protective armor suit out of Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa and other anti-depressants, because John Travolta and Tom Cruise are gonna git him for talking trash about an ALLEGED down-low member of their gang of crazy.
The comedian and star of The Golden Girls (Note: He was only in one episode, but anybody who was part of that national treasure wants to forever be known as “star of The Golden Girls.”) was doing an interview on Rock 105.3’s The Show (via NYDN) in San Diego when he brought up working with Will Smith. Paul did 1993’s Made In America with Will Smith and said that went smooth. But when they worked on 2001’s Ali together, it was so bad that Paul declared that he’ll never work with Will Smith again. “More like you’re never going to work in this town again, trick,” said Will Smith right before he put Paul’s name on the official Hollywood blacklist under The Original Aunt Viv.
Paul said that Will was an “asshole” to him. Paul thinks that maybe the cunt cell in Will’s brain was activated by the steroids he might have been taking to get that boxer buff body. Paul says that it all started when the dude he was playing, Muhammad Ali’s doctor Ferdie Pacheco, went into a drunken racist rage on the set. Ferdie wanted a hot-faced piece like Andy Garcia to play him and wasn’t happy about homely Paul Rodriguez playing him. Paul said that was rich coming from Ferdie (or “Fardie” as he probably called him on set), because he had to ugly himself up to play the role. Dr. Ferdie went into Will’s dressing room to bitch about it and the fight ended up with him using the n-word.
“It escalated to the point where he started using the n-word to Will — and all this is true — and the police had to come escort him off the set. So from then on, Will never looked at me the same.”
Paul doesn’t know whether Will’s sudden hate for him happened because the man he was playing turned out to be racist trash, or if it was the roids at work. Or maybe Will is just a natural asshole. But Paul says that after that, he became Will’s verbal punching bag. Paul wouldn’t say exactly what Will said to him.
“[He] started saying just really offensive stuff to me. There was no cause to insult me or berate me. I’m no angel, but I didn’t have it coming this time.”
As for Paul’s claims that Will’s new muscles were roid-grown, he doesn’t have any proof at all. He just thinks it’s suspicious how Will went from being built like a spaghetti noodle to being built like Madonna.
“Maybe the steroids he was using to beef up? [I don’t] know that for a fact but basically how does a guy… go from a skinny dude to a massive guy?”
“I have nothing praises as far as the actor and his talent and everything, but how he treated me? Not cool.”
For reference, this is what Will’s body looked like in Ali.
So, Paul Rodriguez doesn’t have any receipts for the steroids speculation and he wouldn’t say exactly how Will abused him with words. Paul, if you’re going to risk a lifetime of Tom Cruise shanking you with his eyes whenever you run into each other, you should go big and spill more tea than they did in Boston on December 16, 1773.
What did Will say that was so offensive that it put Paul Rodriguez off of him forever? Maybe Paul is saving the details for when he and The Original Aunt Viv co-write an anti-Will Smith tell-all called The Fresh Asshole of Bel Air. But I’m going to guess that every day at lunch, Will would go on and on about how he and Jada Pinkett Smith’s love is endless and they pretty much bump fuck parts everywhere and anywhere. I mean hearing that day in and day out would be offensive and pain-inducing.
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