Fans may not be ‘ready’ to return after the Oscars

Acknowledge the hesitation. Before the release of Emancipation – his first film since his unfortunate stroke Chris Rock at the Oscars – Will Smith gets honest about the kind of reaction he expects from fans.

“I completely understand that if someone is not ready, I will absolutely respect that and give them space to not be ready,” said Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum, 53, shared on Have a great day DC on Sunday, Nov. 27, when asked how fans would react to the film. “My biggest concern is my team, you know? [Director] Anthony [Fuqua] did what I think is the greatest job of his entire career. … The members of this team have done some of the best work in their entire careers, and my deepest hope is that my actions do not penalize my team. At this point, that’s what I’m working towards. That’s what I hope. »

That The pursuit of happiness star who won Best Actor for King Richard that same night, he hit Rock, 57, onstage, adding: “I hope that the material — the power of the film, the timeliness of the story — I hope that the good that can be done minimally opens people’s hearts to see, acknowledge and support those amazing artists in and around this movie.

During the same interview, Fuqua, 56, weighed in on the controversy surrounding Smith portraying runaway slave “Whipped Peter” in the historical drama.

“The movie for me is bigger than this moment,” the director said Have a great day DC. “Four Hundred Years of Slavery is bigger than a moment. I hope people see it that way and watch the film and be blown away by Will’s amazing performance and the hard work of the whole team.

Will Smith and Ben Foster in “Emancipation”.

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The filmmaker has previously claimed that the film’s brutality and intensity was part of what prompted Smith to slam Rock at the Oscars.

“It’s really hard to let go of a character that’s been bullied and called the N-word every day — constantly, every day — and still be the nicest person in the world. I know that,” Fuqua said. vanity lounge earlier this month.

He continued: “So no apologies to anybody or anything, but I can say he’s a good man and I hope people can forgive him and we can move on. I hope Chris and Will find a way to sit down publicly, privately, whatever, and make amends.I think that would be a great statement.

Chris Rock and Will Smith

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That 7 pounds the actor unfortunately slapped the comedian after he made a joke about Sure Pinkett Smiththe head shaved during the ceremony. (That Red table discussion host, 51, has been candid about his battle with alopecia, which causes hair loss.)

Smith – who later resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was banned from all Academy events for 10 years – has publicly apologized to Rock twice since the incident.

That Saturday Night Live alum, for his part, refused to file a police report at the time and addressed the moment in his stand-up routine on several occasions, often mocking the slap.

“I’m not a victim, mom,” Rock said during a comedy show at the PNC Bank Arts Center in New Jersey over the summer. “Yeah, it hurts damn it. But I shook the crap off and went to work the next day…I’m not going to the hospital to cut paper.

Emancipation hits theaters and can be streamed on Apple TV+ on Friday, December 9.

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