Will Smith’s actions at the 94th Academy Awards led him from being one of the most influential stars to a subject of mass controversy. Although he won his first Oscar for King Richard at the award ceremony, the slapping incident became the highlight of the event, leading the Bad Boys star on a spree of apologies. Smith has continuously been apologizing for his actions at the 2022 Oscars and has even resigned from the Academy.
However, he is still worried that his actions would jeopardize the efforts of the team involved with his upcoming film, Emancipation. In his new interview, the American actor shared his concern for the Emancipation team and asked people not to penalize the team for his actions.
Will Smith Does Not Blame Anyone For Not Watching Emancipation
Although Will Smith has expressed deep remorse for slapping Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards, some people have still not forgotten about it. The King Richard star fears that there might be some people who are still not ready to see him on screen.
In his new interview with Fox 5’s Good Day DC, Smith responded to people who are not willing to watch Emancipation. He said that he would not blame anyone for not watching the film due to his behavior at the Academy Awards.
“I completely understand if someone is not ready, I would absolutely respect that and allow them their space to not be ready,” he said.
The Men in Black star then said that the team has done the best work of their career on this film, and he hopes that people would not penalize them for his actions. He also said that Emancipation is Antoine Fuqua’s greatest work and hopes it would not go to waste just because of what he did at the Academy Awards.
Will Smith Hopes People Would Recognize And Support the Incredible Artists
Will Smith’s recent film Emancipation is a historical drama following a man named Peter (Smith), who escapes the shackles of slavery. Antoine Fuqua’s historical drama is inspired by the real story of an escaped slave, known as ‘Whipped Peter’ in history.
Will Smith portrays the escaped slave, Peter Smith. The Focus star said that he hopes that the material of the film would open people’s hear to support the artists related to this film.
“I’m hoping that the material — the power of the film, the timeliness of the story — I’m hoping that the good that can be done would open people’s hearts at a minimum to see and recognize and support the incredible artists in and around this film.”
In his recent interview on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Will Smith shared what really happened on the night of the 94th Academy Awards. He shared that he was going through something that night. He did mention that it still doesn’t justify what he did and he learned, “We just gotta be nice to each other, man. It’s like, it’s hard.”
Director Antoine Fuqua also said that he hopes that the potential audiences have moved on from the controversial moment. He said that he is grateful to Apple TV+ for giving them a platform to display some of the best work of his life.
Emancipation is available to stream on Apple TV+.