At the 94th Academy Awards, which took place this Sunday, March 27, in Los Angeles, Will Smith slapped Chris Rock after an inappropriate joke about his wife. A fit of anger with serious consequences. A week later, the American actor has already lost a few projects.
It is a scene that will forever be etched in our minds. If the celebrities competed in charm and glamor while walking the red carpet of the 94th Academy Awards, the whole world was watching a scandalous video. And for good reason. While Chris Rock was on stage to present the trophy for Best Documentary, he allowed himself a joke about the shaved head of Jada Pinkett Smith. A remark that only made a turn in the head of Will Smith, while his wife suffers from alopecia. The actor got up and walked to the stage to slap the comedian. If, at first, the people present in the room believed in a staging, they were quickly overtaken by a wave of amazement. This blow of violence was indeed real. One thing is certain, it is that this gesture had serious consequences on Will Smith, as well as on his career. Besides, the American actor could lose big contracts because of this moment of madness. Various film projects, signed Netflix and Sony, with the husband of Jada Pinkett Smith are now on hold, as reported The Hollywood Reporter.
According to the American magazine, the production of the fourth installment of the franchise bad boy, in which Will Smith took over the iconic role of Inspector Mike Lowrey, has been interrupted. Sony prefers to wait for the end of the investigation. The same is true for the film produced by Netflix, entitled Fast and Loose. The American actor had to lend his features to the hero of this thriller. However, after its director, David Leitch, dropped out in favor of a new project with Universal a week before the Oscars, as well as the slap that created real bad buzz, the streaming giant decided to stop production. The actor’s fans do not yet know if this project will see the light of day at some point.
A page turns for Will Smith
Even though Will Smith apologized to Chris Rock after his outburst, the damage is done. The former performer Prince of Bel Air will never be able to erase his gesture. Moreover, the husband of Jada Pinkett Smith has decided to resign from the Academy of Oscars, this Friday, April 1. “I have responded directly to the Academy’s disciplinary summons and will fully accept all consequences of my conduct.“, he said in a letter addressed to the Academy and relayed by the media variety. “I return my membership card to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Change takes time and I pledge to never let violence take over reason again.“, he assured to conclude his message. For the moment, his projects are simply in “stand by‘ and have yet to be officially called off.
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Will Smith in turmoil: after his slap at the Oscars, he loses a big project