Will Smith returned to late night television on Monday when he appeared on Trevor Noah’s The Daily Show For the first time since
he slapped Chris Rock on stage at the Dolby Theater at this year’s Oscars.
When Noah asked the Academy Award winner about his experiences in the months following the slapping incident, Smith began by saying it was “a horrible night.” .
“[There’s] a lot of nuance and complexity, you know, but at the end of the day, I’m just, I lost it, you know,” Smith told Noah Ya. “Guess what I’d say, you never know what someone’s going through.”
He went on to explain that he was going through something that night, not “completely Justify my actions.”
“You’re asking, what have I learned? This is that we have to be kind to each other,” Smith said. “You know, it’s like, it’s hard. And I guess the most painful thing for me is, I’m working hard and making it hard for other people. You know, like, when they say hurting people hurts people, I understand the idea.”
Noah said he had a friend call him and say he thought they saw the real Smith on stage that night, but Noah Disagreed, saying he thought the actor was just standing up for the wrong thing at the wrong time. The Daily Show host went on to say things were getting “relentlessly vile,” and Smith reacted for the first time.
“It’s a lot of things,” the actor said. “It was the little boy who watched his dad beat his mom, you know, you know what, all of that just came out of that moment. You know, I just don’t want to be like that.”
in his daily Showing off the appearance, Smith said that if audiences aren’t ready to see him in his upcoming film, he “totally” respects to liberate , but his “deepest hope” is that he is in 1235231404 Behavior during Academy Awards “Don’t punish my team.”
“I totally understand if someone hasn’t Be ready. I will absolutely respect that and allow room for them not to be ready,” Smith told Fox 5.
While acknowledging people have mixed feelings about watching him again, Smith added that his “most concern is my team” and being able to stand behind his actions Marching outside celebrates the film’s creative accomplishments. Smith singled out director Antoine Fuqua, cinematographer Robert Richardson, production designer Naomi Chauhan, costume designer Francine Jamison-Tanchuk and co-star Charmaine Binwa To his credit, the actor called the Apple Original film Fuqua the “greatest thing ever made” of his entire career. “
“The guys on this team have done the best work of their entire careers and it is my deepest hope that my actions will not punish my team,” he said. said. “So at this point, that’s what I work for. This is what I was hoping for. I hope the material, the power of the film, the timeliness of the story — I hope good things can be done — will at least open people’s hearts to see, recognize and support these incredible artists. around this movie. ”
during Apple’s special screening of the movie in early October With the NAACP, Smith shared that his decision to base the film on the true story of “Whipping Peter” was based on its depiction of different aspects of black identity and history during the dark days of mass enslavement in America.
“I never wanted to show us that. Then this photo came along. This is not a movie about slavery. This is a movie about freedom. This is a movie about resilience. It’s a film about faith,” he said. “It’s a film about the heart of a man—what could be called the first viral image. The camera had just been invented, and the image of Peter scourged spread across the world. It was a rallying cry against slavery, a story that exploded and blossomed inside me and I hope can reach you in a way that only Antoine Fuqua could. “
Fuqua spoke with Smith about the power of cinema in a November interview ‘s latest comment has a similar sentiment and reiterates what he told before The Hollywood Reporter, which is that he “wants the audience to see the truth and be inspired by it. The director then explained his own reasons for continuing to release the film despite the consequences.
“My conversation is always, ‘No Years of slavery, brutality, more important than one bad moment? We’re in Hollywood, [already] some really ugly things have happened, and we’ve seen a lot of people get awards for doing some really nasty things,” he explained. “So, I think Apple takes all of that into consideration. Things, we discussed a lot of these things. Then, the guys at Apple in charge of distribution and funding made a decision — and I’m grateful for that. I am truely thankful. ”
He also said that after Smith slapped, no one involved in the movie ever discussed “the movie no released “Rock, but Apple was “extremely cautious” in evaluating the incident and related opinions. Fuqua ultimately stated that what happened between the two was ” Unfortunate event, I hope we can move forward and get through this. “