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National Geographic puts polar series featuring Will Smith on ice

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National Geographic puts polar series featuring Will Smith on ice

The delay is the latest sign of repercussions for the actor in the aftermath of Oscar night last month

Christopher Palmeri

Walt Disney’s National Geographic division is delaying production of Pole to Pole, a nature series featuring Will Smith visiting the North and South poles.

The series, the third the actor was to have done for the studio, was scheduled to begin shooting in three weeks. Work will now be pushed back until next year.

The delay is the latest sign that Smith is facing fallout in the entertainment industry in the aftermath of Oscar night last month. The actor won an Academy Award for best actor minutes after slapping presenter Chris Rock because of a joke the comedian made about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Variety reported earlier this month that Netflix would slow development on a Smith-starring action movie called Fast and Loose. Other projects, such as a new sequel in the Bad Boys series by Sony, so far remain under way. ..

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