Will Smith Says He Understand If People Avoid His Movies Following His Imfamous Oscar Slap

During an interview with Fox 5, Will Smith said he completely understands if audiences aren't ready to see the film because of his 2022's Academy Awards Imfamous slap.

Smith told Fox 5: “I completely understand that, if someone is not ready, I would absolutely respect that and allow them their space to not be ready."

“My deepest concern is my team. Antoine has done what I think is the greatest work in his entire career — 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."

“So at this point, that’s what I’m working for. That’s what I’m hoping for. I’m hoping that the material, the power of the film, the timeliness of the story – I’m hoping that the good that can be done – will open people’s hearts at a minimum to see and recognize and support the incredible artists in and around this film.”

Emancipation, Will Smith's upcoming movie, tells the story of Peter, a slave who escapes a plantation and the swamps of Louisiana to join the army in the Civil War. It is based on true events.

The film opens in theaters on December 2 and will go Apple+ from December 9.

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