"Marshall and I did interviews over the course of six months," Williams said in an interview last week. "So once, sometimes twice a week, I'd be up there at the court talking with him. Obviously, it's nothing exact, but as I watched Fishburne, I thought to myself, 'He has really captured some of Marshall's mannerisms and attitude. Sidney Poitier is obviously a wonderful actor, but in terms of attitude, skin color and body, he just didn't have it. But Fishburne, in terms of presence, weight, manner and attitude — he was able to capture the older Marshall I knew."