This Thursday, June 9, 2022, M6 airs “Bad Boys,” the first installment of the cult police saga starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. Since the case of the Oscars slap, the latter has been discreet in the show business community. His attitude has been widely disliked and could well be detrimental to his career.
Three months after the 2022 Oscars, the ceremony continues to make headlines, but not for the movies. On the stage of the event, Will Smith slapped Chris Rock after a spade from the latter about Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia. Outside of him, the actor had violently sidelined his colleague, before bursting into tears a few minutes later receiving the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in “The Williams Method.” Inevitably, the actor’s gesture was not without consequences, and the latter continue to fall over the course of weeks and announcements.
Video. Oscars 2022: Will Smith banned from any ceremony for 10 years, after his slap
Will Smith and the Oscars is over (for now)
A few days after the ceremony, Will Smith made his mea culpa via a press release announcing his decision to resign from the Academy Awards of which he was a member. “My actions at the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful and inexcusable. The list of those I injured was long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all of whom in public or at home. I resign from my position as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will accept any consequences that the Board deems appropriate. “
He believes that he has “betrayed the confidence of the Academy,” and the latter visibly shares his opinion, as the board of directors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said: “Mr. Smith will not be allowed. to attend any event or program of the Academy, in person or virtually ” for the next 10 years.
Shutdown for several projects
The Academy Awards aren’t the only ones making decisions that will penalize Will Smith for the rest of his career. In particular, Netflix has made the decision to cancel the “Bright” sequel, but did not say whether that choice had anything to do with his attitude. However, the timing seems to agree, especially since the platform has already decided to pause another project, the feature film “Fast and Loose”. For its part, the site Giant Freakin Robot claims that Dwayne Jonhson is in talks with Disney for a role in the sequel to “Aladdin,” and some are wondering that he would not be nominated to take Will Smith’s place in the role of genius. not really in tune with the values of the big-eared house.
In contrast, the movie “Bad Boys 4” should not slip between the fingers of the actor. Long considered a “danger” because of his actions, Sony President Tom Rothman was keen to dispel the unrest in an interview with Deadline : “The film is still in development. There was no brake on the production as it was not already in progress. What happened is of course unfortunate, but I don’t think it was “My place is to comment on this incident; all I can say is that I’ve known Will Smith for years, and I know he’s a good person.”
What about his mental health?
Beyond the impact on his career, Will Smith’s privacy and mental health also suffered. The British newspaper The Sun. in particular claimed that the actor would have entered into detox cure, not for a drug or alcohol problem, but to learn how to better manage stress and violence. “The impact of criticism in recent days has hit Will Smith hard, so he’s going to get the help he needs to deal with his stress. It’s arguably the biggest battle of his career. -concentrate on himself and work to see how he can move forward, “said a source close to the comedian.
There have also been rumors that Jada Pinkett Smith has decided to leave her husband as a result of this affair. Information that has not been confirmed by key stakeholders. In early June, in her “Red Table Talk” show, the principal simply mentioned her desire to see the situation calm down between Chris Rock and Will Smith: “My dearest hope is that these two intelligent men will have the opportunity. “We need both of them. And most of all, we need each other more than ever.” And to conclude, “In the meantime, Will and I continue to do what we’ve been doing for 28 years, which is trying to understand this so-called life.”