OSCAR’s SLAP: ‘Childhood History Likely Contributed to It— Will Smith

OSCAR's SLAP: 'Childhood History Likely Contributed to It— Will Smith | Daily Report Nigeria

American movie star, Will Smith has recounted a ‘memorable’ event from the Oscars night at the 94th Academy Awards in March.

Smith recalled the night which he described as a “horrific” one on Trevor Noah’s “The Daily Show” on Monday night.

The ace actor discussed his latest project, the ‘Emancipation’ film, hoping the altercation between him and Chris Rock doesn’t affect the audience’s reception of it.

He said:

The idea that they might be denied because of me.

“That is killing me dead … I hope that their work will be honored and their work will not be tainted based on a horrific decision on my part.

“The people on this team have done some of the best work of their entire careers, and my deepest hope is that my actions don’t penalize my team. At this point, that’s what I’m working for.”

Asked exactly what transpired on the eventful Oscars night,
Smith explained a childhood history he felt might have greatly contributed to his outburst.

He said:

“It was a lot of things, it was the little boy that watched his father beat up his mother. All of that just bubbled up in that moment. That’s not who I want to be …”

Noah interjecting said:

That’s not who you are. I think everybody can make a mistake.”

Smith added:

That was a horrific night, as you can imagine.

“There’s many nuances and complexities to it. But at the end of the day, I just – I lost it, you know. I guess what I would say is that you just never know what somebody’s going through.

“I was going through something that night, you know? Not that that justifies my behaviour at all.

“I understand how shocking that was for people … I was gone. That was a rage that had been bottled for a really long time.”

Smith had taken to the stage at the 94th Academy Awards and slapped presenter Chris Rock across the face, in response to a joke Rock made about Smith’s wife’s shaven head.

However, It is not known if Rock knew Jada Pinkett Smith suffers from alopecia.

Smith, an hour later picked up the best actor award for his performance in the tennis drama, King Richard.

He subsequently apologised to Rock and the Academy. He was banned from all Oscars events for 10 years.


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