Eight months after the incident at the Oscars, Will Smith is back on the red carpet for the premiere of his new movie "Emancipation." Hollywood actor Will Smith has made his first public appearance since infamously punching Oscar host Chris Rock earlier this year.
Smith was all smiles, signing autographs for fans and posing with his family at the premiere of the movie "Emancipation," which he also produced. When asked how he was feeling in his first public appearance since the incident, Smith said, "So far so good." "Emancipation" is based on the iconic 1863 photograph of a former slave showing the scars on his back.
"The only discomfort my heart has around that is that so many people have done spectacular work on this film," he told Entertainment Weekly. "My hope is that my team isn't penalized at all for my actions." Although the subject of the photo was thought to be named Gordon, film producer Joey McFarland, who owns the original, says it belongs to a former slave named Peter.
Smith said: "I definitely lose a couple winks of sleep every night thinking that I could have potentially penalized my team but I'm going to do everything I can to make sure that everyone gets seen in the light that they deserve."
Smith recently opened up about the “horrific” incident.
“There’s many nuances and complexities to it.
But at the end of the day, I just — I lost it, you know?” he detailed during The Daily Show With Trevor Noah on Monday, November 28. “And I guess what I would say, you just never know what somebody’s going through.
It’s like there’s all these things, and they’re strangers, and you just don’t know what is going on with people. And I was going through something that night. Not that that justifies my behavior at all”.
The film was originally pushed back to 2023 due to production delays and controversy surrounding Smith. However, the film's release date has been moved to December. "Emancipation" opens in theaters today and arrives on Apple TV+ on December 9.