Will Smith Addresses ‘Gruesome’ Oscars Slap in First Major TV Interview Since It Happened: ‘I Lost It’ – NewsFinale


Eight months after the slap was heard around the world, actor Will Smith sat down with “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah on Monday to discuss his confrontation with Chris Rock on the Oscars stage.

In March, Smith took the Oscars stage and slapped rock in the face after Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Rock referred to her as “GI Jane” in a failed attempt to poke fun at her hair loss, which occurred due to alopecia, an autoimmune disorder. Smith has since He apologized for the incident, but had yet to sit down for an important television interview to discuss what had happened.

“That was a horrible night, as you can imagine,” Smith told Noah. “It has a lot of nuances and complexities, but at the end of the day, I just… lost it. I guess what I would say is you never know what someone is going through.”

Smith addressed the audience and used them as an example, saying that people might be sitting next to others who have just lost a parent, have a sick child, lost their job, or have other issues that are affecting their well-being.

“I was going through something that night. And not that that justifies my behavior at all. You’re asking what I learned and that is that we have to be nice to each other, man. It’s hard. And I think the most painful thing for me is that I took my hard drive and made it difficult for other people.”

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Noah told Smith that even with the controversy surrounding the slap and the significant criticism that has flown from it, to him the incident appeared to be a response to years of unrelated events in the actor’s life. Smith agreed.

“There were many things. He was the boy who saw his father hit his mother. All of this arose at that moment. It’s just not what I want to be,” Smith said.

Noah responded by saying that “everyone can make a mistake” and that the reason the slap was so shocking is because Smith isn’t really who he is at his core. That answer brought Smith to tears.

“I understand how shocking that was to people, man. … That was a rage that had been bottled up for a long time,” Smith said. “But I understand the pain.”

Smith also spoke with FOX 5 DC’s Kevin McCarthy on Monday about his new movie, “Emancipation,” his first major post-slap movie opening this weekend. Although Smith was banned from the Oscars for a decade and resigned from the Academy because of his actions, he could still be nominated for and win an Oscar for his role in the film.

He told McCarthy he would understand if people refrain from watching the film and they are not “ready” to embrace it again. His biggest concern, however, is that he doesn’t want his actions to come at the expense of the team that made the movie possible.

But ultimately, even with that possibility, Smith told Noah that the situation had taught him something important: “I had to forgive myself for being human.”

“There is no one who hates the fact that I am human more than me,” he said. “…I’ve always wanted to be Superman. I always wanted to jump in and save the damsel in distress and I had to humble myself and realize that I am an imperfect human being and still have a chance to go out into the world and contribute in a way that fills my heart. and I hope it helps other people.”


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