Men in Black actor Will Smith opened up about his “most violent trigger” in his memoir and seemed to suggest he hit Chris Rock because he didn’t want to feel like a coward
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Will Smith’s memoir seems to shed some light on why he beat comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars.
The 53-year-old Men in Black actor says in his book that making himself feel like a coward is his “most violent trigger” – having grown up with an abusive father.
He wrote that seeing his father brutally beautify his mother when he was only nine “defined who I am today more than any other moment.”
Will explains in the memoir – in which he calls his father a “violent alcoholic” – that he “always thought he was a coward” for not joining in the beatings.
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The book, titled Will, was released last November and seems to explain why Will chose Chris during Sunday’s ceremony.
The famous actor slapped Chris in the face for his joke about wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair.
Jada, who has alopecia, didn’t look at all impressed after Chris told her he’s looking forward to seeing her in GI Jane 2 – a role Demi Moore shaved her head for.
He then shouted, “Keep my wife’s name out of your damn mouth,” as he returned to the audience.
It seems there’s a reason Will acted the way he did – and it traces it back to the moment he watched his father beat up his mother. He felt he had failed to protect her.
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Accordingly MailOnlinehe wrote in his book: “I saw her spitting up blood. That moment in that bedroom probably more than any other moment defined who I am today.
“Through everything I’ve done since – the awards and accolades, the spotlight and attention, the characters and the laughs, there was a subtle array of apologies to my mother for my inaction that day.
“For letting her down at that moment. That I didn’t manage to assert myself against my father. That I’m a coward.”
Will also admitted in the book that his father — whom he called “Daddio” — “was violent, he was an alcoholic,” but he was also at every “game, play, or lecture.”
He also reportedly wrote that because of his father, he was always “haunted by a nagging feeling that I’m failing the women I love.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/smiths-memoir-sheds-light-chris-26578754 Will Smith's memoir sheds light on Chris Rock as he shares 'most violent trigger'