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Feud over Real-Life 'Villain' of 'Pursuit of Happyness'

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Jan 14, 2007 | 7:41am EST

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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