Will Smith Addresses

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 address his confrontation with Chris Rock on the Oscars stage.

In March, Smith took to the Oscars stage and slapped the rock When The Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, it landed in his face. Rock referred to her as “GI Jane” in an unsuccessful attempt to poke fun at her hair loss, which was caused by the autoimmune disorder alopecia areata. since smith apologized for the incident, but had yet to sit down for a major TV interview to discuss what happened.

“That was a terrible night, as you can imagine,” Smith told Noah. “There are many nuances and complexities to it, but at the end of the day, I just — I lost it. I guess what I would say is, you never know what’s going on with someone.”

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

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

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Noah told Smith that despite the controversy surrounding the slap and the critical criticism it generated, the incident appeared to be a reaction to years of unrelated incidents in the actor’s life. Smith agreed.

“It was a lot of things. It was a little boy who saw his father beating his mother. It all just bubbled up in that moment. It just – that’s not who I want to be,” Smith said.

Noah responded by saying that “everyone can make mistakes,” and the slap was so shocking because Smith really wasn’t at his core. That response prompted Smith to break down in tears.

Smith said, “I understand how shocking it was for people. It was an anger that had been suppressed for a really long time.” “But I understand the pain.”

Smith also spoke with Fox 5 DC’s Kevin McCarthy on Monday about his new film “Emancipation,” his first major post-Slap movie set for release later this week. Even though Smith was banned from the Oscars for a decade and resigned from the Academy for his actions, he still could have been nominated and won an Oscar for his role in the film.

he told McCarthy that he would Understand what makes people avoid watching movies And aren’t “ready” to hug him again. However, his biggest concern is that he doesn’t want his actions to be at the expense of the team who made the film possible.

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

He said, “There’s nobody better who hates the fact that I’m human.” “…I’ve always wanted to be Superman. I’ve always wanted to swoop in and save the damsel in distress and I’ve had to buckle down and realize that I’m a flawed human being and I still have the opportunity to go ” Go out into the world and contribute in a way that fills my heart and hopefully helps other people.”

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