Will Smith has now spoken out about the Oscars slap incident that occurred in March. On November 28, Smith made an appearance on “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” and discussed the incident’s aftermath, his family’s response, and how he is processing it now that it has been a few months. View the video up top.
Smith began by addressing the fact that, since the Oscars in March, he has largely avoided the spotlight. I’ve been away, he admitted. What have you guys been up to? The 2022 Oscars were one of Smith’s finest and worst days, according to Noah.
Agreeing, the actor thought back on the evening and remarked, “You can image what a horrible night it was. There are several subtleties and nuances to it. However, towards the end of the day, I simply — I lost it.” No one is aware of what another person is experiencing, he said. He went on, “You see, I was experiencing something that evening. Not that it in any way excuses my actions.” He continued by saying that he had discovered the importance of treating one another nicely and the reality that “hurt people hurt people.”
Later, he clarified the incident, “There were several things. It was the little child who saw his father physically abuse his mother, you know? All of that simply came to the surface at that time. I don’t want to be that person.” Noah spoke on how he personally perceived Smith as a buddy and stated that he didn’t believe Smith was who he was at the time. He continued by saying that he is buddies with Chris Rock and Smith. The presenter added, “Everyone can make a mistake. Smith started to sob. Some individuals “overreacted,” according to Noah, which “caused some people underreact.”
“I appreciate how upsetting that was for individuals on that platform,” Smith remarked. He went on, “I had left. That wrath has been suppressed for a very long time.” He also related a tale from that evening. He stated, “My nephew Dom is nine.” “He is the most adorable young man. We returned home. He had stayed up late to visit his uncle Will, and now we are sitting in my kitchen and he is clutching the Oscar while asking me, “Why did you hit that man, Uncle Will?” He had stayed up late to see his uncle Will. Oh, dear. What makes you think you can Oprah me?” Smith brushed away his tears and chuckled. It was a disaster, he admitted.
Smith, who plays the slave Whipped Peter in the new movie “Emancipation,” is now promoting the movie. Smith assured Noah that the film is a “freedom movie” rather than “a slave movie.” He said to Noah that he didn’t want his personal conduct to reflect poorly on the efforts of “Emancipation” director Antoine Fuqua, the cast, and crew. This weekend, the movie will be released in cinemas, and on December 9, Apple TV+ will begin streaming it. Smith is still eligible to be nominated for and win Oscars despite the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 10-year ban on the actor attending the Oscars.