Will Smith said his “deepest hope” is that his infamous Oscar slap doesn’t affect the production team of his new film Emancipation in the upcoming awards season.
The Hollywood actor said he understands if people are “not ready” for him to return at the 2023 awards, but the film’s production team should not be “punished”.
During the annual awards ceremony in March this year, Smith stormed onto the stage 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.
My deepest concern is my team. The people on this team have done some of the best work throughout their careers and my deepest hope is that my actions don’t affect my team.Will Smith
Smith later apologized to Rock and the Academy for the incident, but was barred from attending any Academy events or programs for 10 years.
Emancipation marks the actor’s first big-screen project since the incident, and he discussed the potential implications of the controversy in a recent interview with Washington DC affiliate Fox, Fox 5.
When asked what he would say to those who thought it was “too early” for him to return, he replied: “You know, I totally understand that if you know someone who isn’t ready.
“I fully respect that and allow them their space that is not ready.
“My deepest concern is my team.”
Smith added that he hopes that the “physical strength of the film” as well as the “timeliness of the story” will “open people’s hearts” and allow appreciation of the hard work that has been accomplished. of the movie.
Emancipation is based on the true story of the slave man “Peter Whip” who escaped from a Louisiana plantation in the 1860s after he nearly died from a whip.
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It opens in theaters on December 2 and will arrive on the Apple TV+ streaming service on December 9.
The 2023 Oscars ceremony is scheduled to be held on Sunday, March 12.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/will-smith-hopes-oscars-slap-will-not-effect-emancipation-at-2023-awards-season-42181013.html Will Smith hopes Oscar’s slap won’t affect Emancipation in the 2023 awards season