Will Smith Responds to Fans Skipping His New Film After Oscar Slap Controversy

Will Smith has revealed he’d “understand” if audiences want to skip his new film after his controversial slap in the face at the Oscars in March.

The actor sadly hit out at Chris Rock after the comedian made a joke at the expense of Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, eclipsing his Best Actor win for King Richard.

Eight months later, Smith is now promoting Emancipationhis first film since the incident, and he hoped he would pull it off although he admitted he couldn’t blame the public for coming off the hook.

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“I fully understand that [not watching the film],” he said Have a nice day DC. “If someone isn’t ready, I would absolutely respect that and give them their space to not be ready.

“My deepest hope is that my actions do not penalize my team. I hope the material, timeliness and power of the film, and the good that can be done, will open people’s hearts to recognize and support the incredible artists in and around this film,” he said. he adds.

Emancipationwhich premieres on Apple TV+, sees Smith play an enslaved man who escapes from a Louisiana plantation in the 1860s, heading north for the Union army after a treacherous journey.

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Based on a true story, the film will also star Ben Foster, Charmaine Bingwa and The Walking Deadit is Steven Ogg, with screenplay by William N Collage.

Director Antoine Fuqua, best known for The equalizer and training dayrecently defended the release of Emancipation following Smith’s controversy revealing that the option to remove the film was never considered by Apple.

“There was never a conversation with me and Apple or my producers…about the movie not coming out,” he revealed. “My conversation was always, ‘Isn’t 400 years of slavery, of brutality, more important than a bad time?'”

Emancipation will be released in select theaters on December 2, before streaming on Apple TV+ on December 9.

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