Will Smith ‘understands’ if people aren’t ‘ready’ to see new film after Oscars slap: ‘Absolutely respect that’

Will Smith ‘understands’ if people aren’t ‘ready’ to see new film after Oscars slap: ‘Absolutely respect that’

Actor Will Smith stated that he would “completely comprehend” why movie-goers aren’t “ready” for his new film, “Emancipation” after he slapped Chris Rock on the Oscars stage earlier this year.

“Emancipation” is the first new Smith movie to be released since he slapped Rock in the face in March. Smith had slapped Rock to respond to a joke that the comedian made about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith and her alopecia (an autoimmune disease that causes hair fall).

Smith has since apologized numerous times and resigned from the Academy.

Smith stated in an interview with FOX 5 DC reporter Kevin McCarthy, that he would understand why people were not ready to view the film he made. This was because of his disrespect for the Oscars.

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Actor Will Smith said he

Will Smith, actor, said that he understood why movie-goers weren’t ready to see his new film “Emancipation” due to the Oscars slap.

“I completely understand that, if someone is not ready, I would absolutely respect that and allow them their space to not be ready,” Smith told McCarthy. “My greatest concern is my team – [director Antoine Fuqua] he has done what I consider to be the most important work of his career.” “

He stated that his team had done “some the most outstanding work of their careers” and that he hopes that his actions don’t penalize his team. “

Will Smith, right, hits presenter Chris Rock on stage while presenting the award for best documentary feature at the Oscars on March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. 

Will Smith, right, hits presenter Chris Rock on stage while presenting the award for best documentary feature at the Oscars on March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
(Chris Pizzello)

“I’m hoping that the material – the power of the film, the timeliness of the story – I’m hoping that the good that can be done would open people’s hearts at a minimum to see and recognize and support the incredible artists in and around this film,” Smith said. In “Emancipation,” Smith portrays Peter, a slave who escapes from a Louisiana plantation.

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
(AP Photo/John Locher)

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Smith, who won the Best Actor Oscar for “King Richard” shortly after slapping Rock, is in contention for another nomination for his role in “Emancipation.” If the actor is nominated, he will be unable to attend the ceremony.

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