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Oprah Winfrey Remembers Muhammad Ali with Special Re-Airing of 2001 Interview

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Harpo Inc./George Burns(LOS ANGELES) — On June 7, OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network will re-air of an interview with late boxer and civil rights activist Muhammad Ali. Ali died Friday at 74.

During the sit-down interview from The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2001, Winfrey chats with Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Ali about the Michael Mann-helmed biopic Ali in which Smith starred.

Smith discusses the two years he devoted to preparing for the physically demanding role, as well as the boxer’s response when he found out the former Fresh Prince of Bel Air star would be playing him and the impact Ali had on the world. 

Ali shares his thoughts on Smith’s portrayal of him in the film, whether Smith adequately captured his famous “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” moves and the honor he felt seeing his life story on the big screen.

The special episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show airs this Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.

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