Will Smith has recently been banned by the Academy for ten years. This has led to many of his upcoming projects being affected. Sony and Netflix, too, have halted their projects with the actor. But the action director, Michael Bay, has said that he would still work with Will Smith despite the events that occurred at the Oscars.
Many celebrities have criticized the actor for slapping Chris Rock on the Oscar stage. Apart from the slap, many have spoken against letting Will Smith stay at the event after the violence. This has led to the actor resigning from the Academy. He has been banned from attending the ceremonies for the next ten years. But Michael Bay, who has worked with him before, revealed e would 100% work with the Actor.
Michael Bay reveals the reason he would still work with Will Smith
The director, Michael Bay has worked before with Will Smith on the first two Bad Boys movies. In fact, Bad Boys was his first feature-length film. The director did not come back for Bad Boys for Life and the fourth film has been halted post the Oscar incident. But Michael Bay, in an interview with EW, about his new film with Jake Gyllenhaal, Ambulance has talked about working with Smith.
The director said he would 100% work with Smith and that he is an even-keeled guy. He said, “At first, immediately I’m like, Did this just happen? Then I saw the yell from Will. That’s a real Will yell. Will is an amazing fighter. He’s studied boxing. First of all, it’s wrong to do, no matter what. Let’s just get that out there. But when people said, ‘Oh, he could have killed him.’ No, a slap is different. A punch? Yeah, you can kill someone. Will gave him a slap.”
He also added, “Everyone’s talking about this, but you know what? You start thinking about life and it’s like, Oh, my God. Because I’ve been very affected by this Ukrainian war right now. I’m friends with the Klitschko brothers. I’ve been to Kyiv, and I’ve met with the mayor. And I’m like, you know what? There are babies getting blown up by the hundreds right now and people are so concerned about this. I don’t know. To me, it’s just like, enough of it. All right, so a dramatic thing happened, but I just think we’ve got to get our priorities straight.”
Michael Bay’s Ambulance has recently come out
Another action thriller, Ambulance is a signature Michael Bay movie – full of fast cuts and explosive action. The Jake Gyllenhaal starrer came out on April 8 in the United States. The movie is based on the two siblings who hijack an ambulance and hold the first two respondents hostage. The film has received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $31.2 million as of 10 April.
Both Michael Bay and Will Smith have known each other for a while. Hence, the director has positivity for him. In fact, many have agreed that his actions weren’t very characteristic of his usual demeanor and nature.