“No part of me thought that was the right way to act in that moment,” Will Smith says when explaining his decision to slap Chris Rock during the 2022 Academy Awards earlier this year.
In a new minute-long video on Instagram, the King Richard The star answers a series of questions about that night, offering yet another apology to Rock while also discussing the effect it had on the Rock family, whether he was responding to Jada Pinkett’s eye when he took the stage, and the effects his actions had on the night. Other nominees, winners, and more.
“I got a little foggy at this point,” Smith says, explaining why it took him so long to offer an apology to Rock. “Everything is a mystery. I have reached out to Chris and the message that comes back is that he is not ready to talk. And when he is, he will reach out.”
Smith goes on to say he’s “here when you’re ready to talk,” before offering an apology to Rock’s mother and brother Tony Rock.
“That was one of the things in that moment. I just didn’t realize,” Smith says. “I wasn’t thinking but how many people were hurt in that moment. So I want to apologize to Chris’ mother. I want to apologize to Chris’s family. Specifically, Tony Rock. We had a great relationship. You know, Tony Rock was my man and this is probably irreparable.” “.
Smith also answered a question about whether his reaction was in response to Jada’s serious after Rock’s joke about her baldness, which many have noted may have been a sensitive topic due to her shedding.
“I chose on my own, from my own experience of my history with Chris. Jada had nothing to do [with it]Smith said, before acknowledging the “heat” his wife and children were exposed to.
Towards the end of the video, Smith talks about how his actions affected his fellow candidates, stating, “You won because you voted for me.”
Referring to the reaction of Koestloff, who rose to the Oscars right after the incident to win Best Documentary Feature for his project, Smith said: summer of the soul. “Sorry isn’t really enough.”
He ends the video by taking in what he would say to people who looked at him prior to the Oscars incident. Smith calls disappointed people “central shock” and notes that he hates “when you let people down.”
“So it hurts. It hurts me psychologically and emotionally when I know I didn’t live up to people’s image and impression of me,” he continues, adding that he “feels very remorseful” but tries to do it “without being ashamed” of himself. “I’m human and I’ve made a mistake, and I try not to think of myself as a piece of shit.”
“I would say to these people, I know it was baffling. I know it was shocking. But I promise you, I am loyal and deeply committed to bringing light, love and joy to the world,” offers Smith as his final note. “And if you stick around, I promise we’ll be able to be friends again.”
It’s the third apology in some form that Smith has offered since the 2022 Oscar incident, in which the Best Actor winner took to the Dolby Theater and slapped presenter and rock comedian after he made an unwritten joke by J.I. Jane about Jada Pinkett’s baldness.
Smith made a tearful remark the night he accepted his Best Actor win for his role as Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena Williams — though he didn’t mention rock music. He then released a statement on his social media specifically apologizing to Rock, while also acknowledging how the joke drove his behavior.
“The jokes on my account are part of the job, but the jokes about Jada’s medical condition were too much for me to bear, and her reaction was emotional,” he wrote in the post. “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I feel embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I wanted to be. There is no place for violence in the world of love and kindness.”
Smith has since announced that he will resign from the Academy and has been banned from appearing at Academy events for 10 years. However, it is still eligible for future Academy Award nominations, and will keep the Oscar he won through the 2022 ceremony.
Many of Smith’s upcoming projects seem to be in limbo. fast and looseFocusing on the crime boss who has lost his memory, he previously lost his boss prior to the Oscar incident, but according to sources, it has been quietly put into the background by Netflix. Sony bad boys 4A source, who has also been in active development during the Oscars season, said it has been paused The Hollywood Reporter.
Smith is also set to star in the action thriller directed by Antoine Fuqua Release. Based on a true story, the film follows a enslaved man who escapes from a farm in Louisiana before heading north to join the Union Army. It’s in post-production at Apple, but does not currently have a release date although there was previously a release expected later this year.
Sources at the time described Smith’s performance as another award-worthy portrayal, but the Oscar incident was believed to have disrupted those release plans, with it unclear whether Smith would be welcomed back. But last week, online reports suggested that Apple might actually release the movie sometime in 2022.
Boris Kate contributed to this story.
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