Will Smith spoke about his famous Oscar slap onstage this March during an interview with Trevor Noah on Monday night (28) on “The Daily Show.”
He went on the show to promote his upcoming film “Emancipation” and called the Oscar occasion “a horrible night” and said he “missed it” when he stormed onstage and slapped host Chris Rock.
“And I guess what I would say, you never know what someone is going through. I was going through something that night. Not that it justifies my behavior,” Smith said.
The star said that what was most painful for him was that his actions made things “difficult for other people”.
“And it’s like I get the idea of when they say hurt people hurt people,” he explained.
“It was a rage that was bottled up for a long time,” Smith said.
Noah pointed out how Smith wrote in his memoirs about growing up scared of conflict and the talk show host also noted the negative things that were said about Smith and his family on the internet.
“It was a lot of things,” Smith said in response. “It was the little boy who saw his father beat his mother, you know. All of that just bubbled up in that moment.”
Smith said that who he was at that point “wasn’t who I wanted to be”.
In July, Smith addressed the slap and issued a public apology on social media.
The Academy punished Smith by banning him from attending the Academy Awards for the next 10 years.
Source: CNN Brasil
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