NEW YORK — Will Smith told Trevor Noah about the now-famous slap in the face at the Oscars in March during an appearance that aired Monday night on The Daily Show.
While promoting his upcoming film Emancipation, Smith called it “a horrible night” and said he “lost his composure” as he stormed the stage and punched presenter Chris Rock.
“And I guess what I’d say, you just never know what someone’s going through,” Smith said. “I went through something that night. Not that that justifies my behavior at all.”
Smith said what hurt most for him was that his actions “made it hard for other people.”
“And it’s like I got the idea where they say hurt people hurt people,” he said.
“That was a rage that’s been bottled for a really long time,” Smith said.
Noah pointed out how Smith had written in his memoirs about growing up afraid of conflict, and the talk show host also noted the negative things being said about Smith and his family on the internet.
“It was a lot of things,” Smith said in response. “It was the little boy watching his father beat up his mother, you know. It all just bubbled up in that moment.”
Smith said who he is at this moment is “not who I want to be.”
In July, Smith turned to the slap and posted a public apology on social media.
The academy sanctioned Smith by barring him from attending the academy Oscars for the next 10 years.
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