Will Smith Gets Award On Same Day Chris Rock Tests Slap Jokes For Netflix Show

Will Smith on Wednesday gave his first in-person awards speech since his slap on the 2022 Oscars. Meanwhile his sufferer, Chris Rock, tried out materials in regards to the incident at a comedy membership earlier than his reside Netflix particular on Saturday.

It’s been practically a yr since Smith induced a seismic response by hanging Rock for joking about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair loss. But the 2 stars stay linked to the awards present like tremendous glue.

Smith, banned from this yr’s Academy Awards on March 12 and 9 extra ceremonies whether or not nominated or not, accepted the Beacon Award with director Antoine Fuqua on the African American Film Critics Association Awards in Beverly Hills.

Will Smith speaks on the 14th Annual AAFCA Awards in Beverly Hills.

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Smith spoke of taking part in a runaway slave in “Emancipation,” his first main movie launch after you-know-what.

“‘Emancipation’ was the individual most difficult film of my entire career. It was all outdoors, that is true,” Smith joked, per Variety.

Smith repeated an anecdote about getting repeatedly spit on by a white actor in an ad-libbed second ― however expressed reduction that director Fuqua requested for a take with out the spit.

“In that moment, I knew that God was real,” Smith advised the viewers.

Smith supplied thanks ― to AAFCA and to Apple for adapting to the movie’s burgeoning funds, the commerce day by day reported.

“They make iPhones. They can do it,” he stated.

Outlets are reporting that the comic has been sprucing materials about Smith forward of his reside efficiency on Netflix Saturday.

Among the cracks heard at current Rock gigs that might probably land on the streaming broadcast:

“The other day, I watched ‘Emancipation’ just so I could watch him getting whipped.”

“The thing people wanna know … did it hurt? Hell yeah it hurt. He played Muhammad Ali! I played Pookie (in ‘New Jack City’). Even in animated movies I’m a zebra, he’s a fucking shark. I got hit so hard, I heard ‘Summertime’ ringing in my ears.”

“Will Smith is a big dude. I am not. Will Smith is shirtless in his movies. If you see me in a movie getting open heart surgery, I’m gonna have a sweater on.”