Will Smith apologizes at length in a video

Will Smith released a video on Friday in which he apologizes to Chris Rock.

His gesture had the effect of a shock wave. Four months after slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars ceremony, Will Smith broke his silence and posted a video this Friday on his Instagram account. Although the Hollywood superstar had already apologized via a press release published the day after this bellows, the 53-year-old actor offered his most sincere apologies and detailed his feelings about his gesture.

“I contacted Chris and the message that came back was that he’s not ready to talk, and when he is he’ll contact me,” he said, white cap pressed down on his chest. head. “So I’m telling you, Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable, and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”

In the nearly six-minute video, Will Smith also apologized to Chris Rock’s mother and brother, Rosalia and Tony. “We had a great relationship but the hurt I caused is probably irreparable,” he said before apologizing to his family, including his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.

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“No part of me thought that was the right way to behave”

That evening, it was a joke from Chris Rock on the shaved head of the latter, suffering from alopecia which had triggered the scandal. Will Smith suddenly took the stage and slapped Chris Rock under the dumbfounded eyes of celebrities and viewers. The 53-year-old actor – who shortly after received the best actor award for his role in ‘The Williams Method’ – yelled at him: “Leave my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth!” once back in his chair.

“I’ve spent the last three months replaying and [essayer de] understand the nuances and difficulties of what happened [ce jour-là]. I’m not going to try to analyze it all now but I can tell you all that there was no part of me that thought that was the right way to behave at the time.” Will Smith.

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Saying he deeply regrets having disappointed his admirers, he explained trying to “be remorseful without being ashamed” of himself. “I’m human and I made a mistake, and I try not to think of myself as an asshole. […] I am fully dedicated to bringing light and joy to this world,” he concluded, staring into the camera.

Chris Rock meanwhile returned to this gesture for the first time on Saturday, July 23, during his show at Madison Square Garden. “I’m still digesting what happened. So at some point, I will talk about this shit, and it will be serious and funny”, he let go in front of his audience.