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Will Smith knows Oscars slap may impact Emancipation’s success

Will Smith returns to the big screen after a long break following his infamous outburst at the 94th Academy Awards, in which he brutally attacked presenter Chris Rock. Will Smith is still recovering over Chris Rock's slap at the 2022 Academy Awards.

Will Smith returns to the big screen after a long break following his infamous outburst at the 94th Academy Awards, in which he brutally attacked presenter Chris Rock. Will Smith is still recovering over Chris Rock’s slap at the 2022 Academy Awards.

Smith acknowledged that audiences may not be “ready” to witness “Emancipation” just yet due to his slap of comedian Chris Rock on stage at this year’s Oscars.

Will Smith’s most recent film, Emancipation, also his first since being disqualified from the Academy Awards for violently assaulting comedian Chris Rock.

Will Smith knows Oscars slap may impact Emancipation’s success

Despite this, the hit changed Smith forever. He had wanted to attend the Oscars for a decade but was denied permission. He was still waiting for people to forgive him for the smack months later.

Also read: Will Smith talks about Chris Rock’s Oscar smack on Trevor Noah’s show

“My deepest concern is my team; Antoine has done what I think is the greatest work of his entire career. The people on this team have done some of the best work of their careers, and my deepest hope is that my actions don’t penalize my team. At this point, that’s what I’m working for. I’m hoping that the material, the power of the film, the timeliness of the story would open people’s hearts at a minimum to see and recognize and support the incredible artists in and around this film.” Will Smith added

Will told the people waiting for him, “I completely understand if someone is not ready, I would certainly respect that and give them their space not to be ready.”

Will’s forthcoming film, Emancipation, is inspired by the life of Gordon, an enslaved man.

Also read: Will Smith talks about Chris Rock’s Oscar smack on Trevor Noah’s show

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