Smith and Diaz kissing ban
13:30 14 March 2005
Will Smith claims he was banned from kissing Cameron Diaz on screen because of American racism.
The actor said Hollywood panders to the nation's problem of seeing a black man and white woman getting intimate and stopped the co-stars kissing in new movie 'Hitch'.
To avoid controversy, Smith says he smooched Latin beauty Eva Mendes instead.
The 36-year-old 'Men in Black' star is quoted by Britain's Daily Mirror as saying: "How are you not going to consider Cameron Diaz? But Hollywood is nervous about a black man kissing a white woman on screen.
"In the US, it's still a racial issue. Ironically, Hollywood is happy to do it if the film is about racism. But otherwise they simply won't do it and ignore it."
Meanwhile, Will has confessed he and wife Jada Pinkett Smith have marriage counselling to keep their relationship on track.
The star says one of their first ever dates was an appointment with a psychoanalyst after being inspired by the self-help book 'Women Who Run With Wolves' by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
He said: "We wanted to start this off right, with someone to tell us what we were doing."
"Jada read the book and said: 'Oh my God, this is me.' So I read the book too and we called and set up a meeting with the author to get more in-depth ideas."
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