Will Smith is one of the prolific actors the Hollywood film industry has been graced with. He is respected for his groundbreaking work in films, television, and music. Smith has been loved for his performances in films such as Independence Day, the Men in Black series, The Pursuit of Happyness, I Am Legend, etc. As a result, he has earned a number of accolades and awards throughout his career.
Coming to Chris Rock, the iconic stand-up comedian gained prominence with the late-night variety show, Saturday Night Live and went on to establish himself as an actor with movies like Down to Earth, the Grown-Ups series, and many more. He has presented the Oscars twice and has also laid his hands on various awards to date.
The two are involved in a row right now. Smith has slapped Rock at the 2022 Academy Awards and the incident got the world talking about it. Is Chris going to sue Will over the incident? Hollywood A-listers such as Jim Carry think Chris should go ahead and sue Will. However, in reality, Chris has not yet filed any civil suit or criminal complaint against Will.
What Actually Happened?
Chris Rock was on the stage, hosting the Best Documentary Feature category. During the stand-up, he jokingly poked at Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith. He laughingly told her how eager he was to watch the actress portray G.I. Jane 2. Through the joke, Chris actually referred to the 1997 movie where the actress Demi Moore was seen with a completely shaved head. Jada, in the 50th year of her life, has been struggling with hair loss for a pretty long time as she suffers from alopecia.
Chris’ joke angered her and Will too didn’t take it too kindly. Will got up from his seat, walked up the ramp-up to Chris, slapped the comic across the face, and made his way back to the seat. Despite the audio being muted, Will was seen yelling at Chris and telling him not to utter Jada’s name. Chris stood dumbstruck for a few seconds and then went ahead with his presentation.
An Emotional Address
Smith went on to receive the Academy Award for Best Actor owing to his performance in King Richard, the 2021 film. He portrayed the role of Richard Williams, the father of Venus Williams and Serena Williams, iconic tennis players, in the movie. He was in tears while receiving the award and praised Richard for his quality of being absolutely fierce and uncompromising when it comes to defending his family. He also didn’t forget to mention that he is overwhelmed by what God wants him to do and to be on this planet.
Smith stated that all he desires now is to love people, protect them, and be a river to them. Smith also touched upon the row he was involved in with Chris just some moments back. He said that in this industry, stars need to take abuse, adjust to getting laughed at, accept all the crazy things that people talk about them, and then smile and pretend everything is fine. Smith apologized to the Academy as well as all the stars who were nominated before he signed off.
What was the Academy’s Take on the Incident?
The Academy mentioned via a tweet that it does not support any kind of violence. They didn’t forget to congratulate all the winners at the 94th Academy Awards, who deserve the recognition and all the fame under the sun for their hard work and commitment, not only from the movie lovers across the planet but from their peers as well.
What does Jim Carrey Have to Say?
Comedians from all quarters have rallied in support of Chris Rock. However, it has been Jim Carrey who has come out in support of Chris Rock. Speaking to Gayle King on CBS This Morning, Carrey said he didn’t like the standing ovation to Will Smith at all. He even went on to say that Hollywood has become spineless and shared his strong opinion that Smith should have been escorted out of the room and arrested immediately. Carrey suggested that Chris should sue Smith for $200 million immediately without delay.
As of now, no complaints have been lodged. According to reports, Chris Rock has refrained from filing a lawsuit against Will Smith. Some sources reveal that the two have reconciled, though nothing is known for sure.