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Will Smith opened up to Trevor Noah about the infamous slap at the Oscars in March while promoting his new film in an interview Monday night on “The Daily Show.”

Premiering in theaters on Dec. 2 with a streaming launch set for Dec. 9, Emancipation is the latest film from Antoine Fuqua, the director of hits like Training Day and The Equalizer. Set during the Civil War, the film tells the real-life story of an enslaved man named Peter who escaped a truly brutal existence in the Deep South to join the Union Army.

While promoting his forthcoming film, Smith called the infamous Oscar slap “a horrific night” and said he “lost it” when he stormed the stage at a beeline to presenter Chris Rock.

Smith told Noah in part, “you just never know what somebody is going through, I was going through something that night. Not that that justifies my behavior at all.”

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Smith said that what was most painful to him was that his actions made it “hard for other people.”

“And it’s like I understood the idea where they say hurt people hurt people,” he said. “That was a rage that had been bottled for a really long time.”

In July, Smith posted an apology to Chris Rock and his mother, however, neither have yet to publicly accept or acknowledge his mea culpa. Smith says he is also aware that people may not be ready to see him after effectively being “cancelled” only several months ago.

Will Smith knows you don’t want to see him after slap: ‘I completely understand’

— New York Post (@nypost) November 28, 2022

Asked what brought him to the point of slapping Rock, “It was a lot of things,” Smith said in response. “It was the little boy that watched his father beat up his mother, you know. All of that just bubbled up in that moment.”

Smith said who he was in that moment was “not who I want to be.”

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5 replies on “Will Smith talks about ‘the slap’ with Trevor Noah”

  1. Will Smith made a huge mistake and for a moment there he realised that he’s not a Hollywood God after all. I believe people need to ease up and forgive him. To ruin a man’s career over this makes no sense. He has apologized and enough is ENOUGH.

    There are more important issues in Hollywood to think about. Harvey Weinstein was one of these subjects and I pray soon that more of these slime are brought to justice. There are Hollywood child abusers whom have gotten away with murder while their victims had to remain SILENT. And you all think Will Smith is the problem? Come on guys! Wake up!!

    Will Smith is not an abuser, he hasn’t molested anyone; he’s a father and a husband who just happens to be one of the most popular actors in Hollywood. He made a mistake, probably had too much ego thinking he walks on air where the Oscar’s are concerned but he found out he walks no different than any other man. Let’s move on.

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