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Thandiwe Newton denies Will Smith tiff led to ‘Magic Mike’ firing


Actress Thandiwe Newton has denied reports that she was fired from ‘Magic Mike’s Last Dance’ after arguing with Channing Tatum over Will Smith’s infamous ‘Hitch’ slap.

“This report is completely inaccurate,” a spokesperson for the 48-year-old ‘Crash’ star said in a statement. Meanwhile, a representative from Warner Bros. said Newton, who left the London set after 11 days, would have left of her own accord “to take care of family matters”.

The bombshell went against an earlier report from The Sun, which said the Emmy winner was kicked out of the ‘Last Dance’ following an ‘incredibly vicious’ tiff with Tatum, 41. . The two reportedly fell out while discussing the viral incident last time. month, in which Will Smith slapped Chris Rock for a bald crack over his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia.

Last photos of Channing Tatum and Thandiwe Newton on the set of “Magic Mike’s Last Dance” in London.
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Channing Tatum attends the UK special screening of "The lost city" at Cineworld Leicester Square on March 31, 2022 in London, England.
Channing Tatum announced the final episode last year.
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The argument reportedly culminated with Tatum, who also serves as the film’s producer, driving offbeat in his car, per The Sun.

“They had a falling out because of the Oscars debacle,” a cast member once claimed. “I was on set. I watched and watched her. They were going in and out of the house where we were shooting this showdown.

The alleged eyewitness alleged that Tatum said, “I don’t work with her anymore,” adding that “as a producer, it’s his movie, so she’s not in the movie.”

Thandiwe Newton attends Amazon Studios "All the old knives" Los Angeles Special Screening at The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills on March 09, 2022 in West Hollywood, California.
Salma Hayek would replace Thandiwe Newton.
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Channing Tatum in a scene from "Magic Mike XXL."
Channing Tatum in a scene from “Magic Mike XXL”.
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The source summed it up like this: “Channing Tatum is the producer and number one on set. Thandiwe Newton is star number two. But 11 days into filming and it’s all over.

Director Steven Soderbergh tried to defuse the situation, but to no avail, the source reportedly said.

Channing Tatum attends the 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City.
“Magic Mike’s Last Dance” is the third installment in the hugely successful franchise.
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Newton has since been replaced by Salma Hayek, 55, who will have to redo all the scenes that involved the original actress.

“Magic Mike’s Last Dance” is the third installment in the hugely successful franchise, which began with “Magic Mike” in 2012. The latter film was loosely based on Channing’s experience as a stripper in Tampa, Florida. Florida.

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