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Will Smith 'completely understands' if fans 'aren't ready' to see Emancipation after Oscars slap

Will Smith has said he “totally understands” people being put off watching his new film Emancipation after its shocking Oscars ceremony in March.

The actor, 54, sent shockwaves around the world when he punched Chris Rock on stage after making an ill-timed joke about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett-Smith. Good Day DC from Fox 5 he “respects” when fans aren’t ready to see him on screen.

He said, “I totally understand – if someone isn’t ready I would absolutely respect that and give them space to not be ready.

Slap: Will Smith has said he “totally understands” if people are put off watching his new movie Emancipation after his shock Oscars slap in March

The Seven Pounds actor added that he hopes his actions won’t negatively impact the team that worked on the movie, which is his first project since the blow.

He said: ‘My biggest concern is my team – Antoine [Fuqua] has done what I think is the best work of his entire career.

“The people on this team have done the best work of their entire careers and I deeply hope that my actions will not harm my team. That’s what I’m working for at the moment.’

Emancipation is a historical thriller directed by Antoine Fuqua in which the Fresh Prince actor stars as an enslaved man named Peter who escapes from a Louisiana plantation and braves treacherous territory and slave hunters to make it north to Union territory , where he is able to join the fight against the Confederacy.

The film was inspired by the life of a former slave, immortalized in gruesome photographs of his back covered in cobwebs and keloid scars from repeated whipping.

Movie: Emancipation Is A Historical Thriller Directed By Antoine Fuqua In Which The Fresh Prince Actor Stars As An Enslaved Man Named Peter

Movie: Emancipation is a historical thriller directed by Antoine Fuqua in which the Fresh Prince actor stars as an enslaved man named Peter

After the shocking blow, Variety originally reported that Apple planned to delay the movie until 2023 to make the controversy go away.

However, it is now slated for a December 2nd theatrical release, followed by a streaming release on Apple TV+ on December 9th.

The streaming service may still have abandoned plans to be a hit for awards season, as the film may miss out on profits due to its short theatrical window.

Independence Day star Smith has previously said he was outraged by a joke Rock made about his wife’s lack of hair, which she had shaved off to cover up hair loss she had been experiencing.

Rock, who hosted the show, joked that Smith’s wife Jada looked like “GI Jane” because of her bald head.

Smith stormed the stage and slapped Rock after angrily, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth.”

Despite the Oscars controversy, Smith still won Best Actor for his starring role as Venus and Serena Williams’ father in King Richard. — but he didn’t specifically apologize to Rock.

Smith first apologized to Rock in March. He posted a lengthy statement on Instagram saying “violence in all its forms” was wrong.

Coming Soon: The Seven Pounds Actor Added That He Hopes His Actions Won'T Negatively Impact The Team That Worked On The Movie, Which Is His First Project Since The Blow

Coming soon: The Seven Pounds actor added that he hopes his actions won’t negatively impact the team that worked on the movie, which is his first project since the blow

In July, he again apologized to Rock and revealed that his former friend still hasn’t forgiven him for punching him on stage at the Oscars.

Smith said he had taken the past three months to “work” on himself and now realized how much people he hurt when he punched Rock on stage at the awards.

“I’ve reached out to Chris and the message that came back is he’s not ready to talk if he is, he’ll get in touch. So I’ll say to you, Chris, I apologize. My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here if you want to talk.’

He also apologized to Rock’s mother and all his family, especially Rock’s mother and his younger brother Tony.

“I just didn’t realize how many people were hurt at the time, so I want to apologize to Chris’ mother. I want to apologize.

“I want to apologize to Tony Rock…Tony Rock was my husband and this is probably beyond repair,” he said.

He also apologized to Jada, his wife whose honor he claimed to be defending with the outburst, saying she “had nothing to do with it.”

“I’ve spent the past three months replaying and understanding the nuances and complexities of what was happening at the time.

“I’m not going to try and unpack all that right now, but I can tell you all that there’s no part of me that thinks this was the right thing to do at the time.

“There’s no part of me that thinks this is the best way to deal with feelings of disrespect or insults.”

Joke: Independence Day Star Smith Has Previously Said He Was Incensed By A Joke Rock Made About His Wife'S Lack Of Hair, Which She Shaved Off To Cover Up Hair Loss She Had Experienced (Pictured March At The Oscars)

Joke: Independence Day star Smith has previously said he was incensed by a joke Rock made about his wife’s lack of hair, which she shaved off to cover up hair loss she had experienced (pictured March at the Oscars)

He won Best Actor that night for his role in King Richard, but he didn’t specifically apologize to Rock.

He insisted his wife had nothing to do with the blow and continued, “I made my own choice based on my own experiences from my history with Chris.

“Jada had nothing to do with it. I’m sorry, honey.

“I want to say sorry to my children and my family for the heat I have caused us all.

To all my fellow nominees, this is a community.

“It’s like I won because you voted for me and it breaks my heart to have your moment stolen and tarnished.”

Smith went on to claim that “disappointing people” is his “central trauma.”

“I can still see Questlove’s eyes. You know it happened at the price of Questlove. You know, it’s like.

“I’m really not sorry enough.

Disappointing people is my central trauma. I hate when I disappoint people so that it hurts.

“It hurts me psychologically and emotionally to know that I didn’t live up to people’s image and impression of me, and the work I’m trying to do is that I’m deeply remorseful.

“And I try to be sorry without being ashamed. I am human and I made a mistake and I try not to think of myself as a piece of shit.

“I would like to say to those people, I know it was confusing, I know it was shocking, but I promise you that I am very committed and committed to bringing light, love and joy to the world.

“And you know, if you hang on, I promise we can be friends again,” he told the fans he had failed.

Rock only recently spoke about the controversy at a show at Madison Square Garden, where he laughed it off.

“Anyone who hurts words has never been punched in the face,” he told the crowd.

History: However, It Is Now Scheduled For A December 2Nd Theatrical Release, Followed By A Streaming Release On Apple Tv+ On December 9Th

History: However, it is now scheduled for a December 2nd theatrical release, followed by a streaming release on Apple TV+ on December 9th

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