The final awards ceremony oscar award seemed doomed to oblivion. However, in the last minutes Will Smith shook drowsy viewers and Chris Rock’s face with a mighty slap on stage. The scene, which puzzled everyone at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles and the millions of viewers who watched the ceremony around the world, immediately became a meme and the most talked about topic on networks and in the media. until several days later. . Now, Denzel Washington, the person responsible for calming Smith after the violent episode, gave his version of what happened and revealed what happened during the commercial break.
An aggressive joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s alopecia issues angered the actress’ husband, who didn’t hesitate to walk calmly from his privileged position in the room and violently slap the host . The scene was seen by millions of people, but little was known about what happened immediately after. A few images captured by a mobile phone showed the actor of men in black speaking offstage with Washington during a cut, while another captured Pinkett-Smith’s curious reaction during the confrontation. Now the veteran actor has broken the silence and revealed what his strategy was to calm down his colleague.
Always discreet cultist – some point out that he is not always very friendly with the press – the protagonist of The Pelican Report He did not make these statements to the media, but his revelation came at a leadership summit led by Bishop TD Jakes, who asked him to elaborate on what happened. .
This religious context would work like a glove for the anecdote. It is that, a few minutes after the altercation, Smith returned to the stage to receive the award for best actor for his work in King Richard: a winning family. There, in his streaky acceptance speech, he recounted Washington telling him, “At your highest moment, be careful, that’s where the devil is coming for you.” This Saturday, consulted by Jakes, Washington confirmed his colleague’s words and elaborated on the concept: “Well, there’s a saying, ‘When the devil ignores you, then you know you’re doing something wrong.’ The devil says, ‘Oh no, leave him alone, he’s my favorite.’ On the contrary, when the devil comes to you, it may be because you are trying to do something good. And for some reason, the devil took hold of this circumstance that night.”.
“Luckily there were people. Not just me, but others, like Tyler Perry, who immediately came with me and said some prayers. I don’t want to say what we talked about (…). Who are we to condemn? I don’t know all the details of the situation, but I know the only solution was prayer“, big.
These statements from one of the main witnesses to the scandal came days after the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences launched an investigation into what happened and, hours later, Smith will tender his resignation to the entity that awards the Oscars.
“I want to refocus on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to return to the incredible work it does to support creativity and the art of cinema. Change takes time and I am committed to doing the work to ensure that I never again allow violence to defeat reason,” the actor said in a statement announcing his decision to leave the Academy. After the episode he starred in last Sunday, Smith He is going through the most complicated moment of his career, with his personal and professional future shrouded in great uncertainty.
Shortly thereafter, the Academy confirmed its acceptance of Smith’s resignation through a statement signed by its president, David Rubin. But, at the same time, he indicated that the disciplinary procedure opened against the actor for violation of the codes of conduct of the entity will continue. According to some information, the result of this investigation will be available on April 18.
Rock, meanwhile, spoke for the first time in public about what happened during a stand-up show he gave in the city of Boston. There he assured that he is “still processing what happened” and that he will provide his version of events later when he is ready to do so.