Feud over Real-Life ‘Villain’ of ‘Pursuit of Happyness’

The woman who inspired Thandie Newton‘s character in Will Smith‘s new movie The Pursuit of Happyness is furious she has been portrayed as a sex-obsessed and cruel mother in the film.

The film is about Chris Gardner’s–played by Smith–struggle to raise his son on the streets of San Francisco after they were abandoned by his partner, before he turns his life around to become a multi-millionaire stockbroker.

Gardner’s former partner Jackie Medina insists the film–adapted by Gardner’s book–is fictional and she fears people will believe the her onscreen portrayal.

She says, “This is a film. It has nothing to do with reality. It is not a documentary. It does not document life. Of course they got it wrong. It’s an awful movie. I am a consulting a lawyer to see what I can do.

“This is not fair at all. I’ve been to see the film and I hated it. This story is not about me. My big worry is that as Will Smith is so popular in America and this film is such a big hit, everyone will be against me. What chance do I really have?

“This film was a real low point for Will Smith in my opinion. I thought much better of him. Now…everyone is talking about this. But what can I do?”

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