Emancipation: Will Smith Begs Fans To Not Let New Film Suffer Because Of His Oscar Mistake

The embattled actor was a guest at The Daily Show and had a lot to unpack.

Will Smith talks Emancipation

2022 might be coming to an end, but it doesn’t look like Will Smith’s post-Oscar slap woes are. The embattled actor has been on the receiving end of fans’ wrath ever since he infamously slapped his colleague and one-time friend Chris Rock on the international stage.

Ahead of his new film, Emancipation, set to be released in theatres and Apple TV+ soon, some critics are calling for the film to be boycotted, saying the memories of the Oscar incident still linger fresh in the minds of his victim and the populace.

Reacting to this planned move, Will Smith showed up at Trevor Noah’s The Daily Show to, once again, talk about the incident and how he hopes it doesn’t affect Emancipation’s reception. 

“The idea that they might be denied because of me, that is killing me dead.

“I hope that their work will be honored and their work will not be tainted based on a horrific decision on my part. The people on this team have done some of the best work of their entire careers, and my deepest hope is that my actions don’t penalize my team. At this point, that’s what I’m working for.”

Recounting the unfateful slap at the Oscars for the audience of The Daily Show, Will Smith said:

“I guess what I would say, you just never know what somebody’s going through.”

Watch the interview:

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