Will Smith recalled the “night of terror” of his infamous Oscar slap when he appeared on his first US late-night talk show since the incident.
The Hollywood star said the March incident had “a lot of nuance and complexity to it” but admitted that “I just lost it”.
He appeared on Monday’s episode of The Daily Show alongside Trevor Noah to promote his upcoming movie, Emancipation, where he seemed relaxed and in a good mood.
Smith stormed onto the stage during the 94th Academy Awards and slapped Chris Rock after the comedian commented on his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Moments later, he returned to the stage after winning the best actor Oscar for his role in the biopic King Richard, about the father of Venus and Serena Williams.
He later apologized to Rock and the Academy for the incident, but was banned from attending any Academy events or programs for 10 years.
Smith told Noah that he was “going through something that night” but admitted that his “pent-up” rage didn’t justify his behavior.
“It was a night of terror, as you can imagine,” he said.
“There is a lot of nuance and complexity to it. But at the end of the day, I just–I lost it, you know.
“I guess what I’m going to say is you never know what someone is going through.
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“I went through something that night, you know? Not that that justifies my behavior at all.
He continued: “I understand how shocking that must have been to everyone… I’m gone. It was a rage that had been suppressed for a long time.”
Emancipation marks Smith’s return to the big screen since the incident and is directed by Antoine Fuqwa.
The actor said the idea that the production would be “stained” by his actions and not get the recognition it deserves at the upcoming awards season is “killing me”.
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