Will Smith opens up about Chris Rock’s Oscars slap on The Daily Show: NPR

By | November 29, 2022

Actor Will Smith’s success at the 94th Oscars was overshadowed by his behavior earlier in the ceremony, when he slapped comedian Chris Rock for a joke about Smith’s wife’s hair. In a new interview, Smith says pent-up anger led up to that moment.

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Actor Will Smith’s success at the 94th Oscars was overshadowed by his behavior earlier in the ceremony, when he slapped comedian Chris Rock for a joke about Smith’s wife’s hair. In a new interview, Smith says pent-up anger led up to that moment.

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Will Smith visited the infamous Oscars night in his first major TV interview since slapping Chris Rock on stage last March.

Speaking of Trevor Noah Daily show On Monday night, Smith explained how he “just lost it” in a rock joke about Smith’s wife’s hair.

“It was anger bottled up for a very long time,” he said, prefacing his comment that his emotions didn’t justify his behavior.

“I mean, I guess you never know what somebody’s going through. I was going through something that night…it’s like they say, ‘They hurt people,’ you know?”

Smith said his biggest challenge over the past eight months has been learning to forgive himself “for being human.”

“I had to be humble and realize that I’m a flawed human being and I still have the opportunity to go out in the world and contribute in a way that fills my heart and helps other people,” he said.

In the 20-minute interview, Noah spoke just like Smith, and a tearful Smith shook himself, perfected and gave love.

“You’re one of those rare species that’s spent more time in the spotlight than them,” Noah said.

The moment actor Will Smith (right) slapped comedian Chris Rock onstage continues to divide the national conversation on celebrity behavior.

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“I think I speak for a lot of people when I say I don’t want it to define you. I don’t think it should define you. I don’t think any of us should define it in our lives. One f***k-up with us.”

Smith was on the show to promote the new film. emancipationA dark historical drama starring Smith as a runaway slave.

The film’s director, Antoine Fuqua, has repeatedly defended Apple’s decision to release it. emancipation This December, though, Smith’s slapstick still dominates Hollywood talk.

Speaking on The Morning Show earlier this week, Smith said he would understand if viewers chose to skip the movie to avoid the character.

“I absolutely respect that and let their place not be ready,” Smith told reporter Kevin McCarthy. Good day DC.

“My biggest concern is my team … The guys on this team have done some of the best work in their careers, and my deepest hope is that my actions don’t punish my team. At this point, that’s who I am. I’m working.”

echo that sentiment Daily showStating that he did not want the action to “ruin” the film’s reception.

Smith shared a story about how his 9-year-old nephew reacted when he saw a slap on TV, describing how he disappointed those around him.

“He was late to see his uncle’s will. We’re sitting in my kitchen, he’s sitting on my lap and he’s holding the Oscar. And he’s like, ‘Why did you touch that guy, Uncle Will?'” Smith said, pausing to wipe away tears.

“Why are you trying to make me Oprah?” he joked to Noah. “Look, he was a mess. I don’t want to go too far into it so people can get me wrong.”

Smith’s popularity among fans is built on his cheerful demeanor. He told NPR Clean air He made that image last year to cover childhood trauma, including watching his father beat his mother when he was 9 years old.

The appearance on the Comedy Central show, which averages 370,000 viewers per episode, was Smith’s first major televised interview — and one of his first public appearances — since the March 27 Oscars.

Noah described that night as one of the best and worst nights of Smith’s life, let alone his career.

The actor won his first Academy Award for Best Actor King RichardBut his famous batting and scores overshadowed his success.

Smith later withdrew from the academy, which kept him out of events for the next 10 years.

Smith finally apologized to Rock in a video he posted on social media in July, but Rock said he wasn’t ready to discuss the matter at the time.

Since then, he has been joking about the incident on various talk shows.

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