Will Smith is dealing with the consequences of his actions following slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars.
Netflix pushed back some of Will’s films. For example, The Hollywood Reporter reported Fast and Loose, which stars Will, says the streaming platform appears “wary of moving forward.” The outlet said they’re unclear if Netflix will enlist another star. David Leitch was initially tapped to direct the film; however, he stepped away from the project to work on something else.
In addition, pre-production on the highly anticipated movie Bad Boys 4 has been halted indefinitely. Will reportedly received 40 pages of the Bad Boys 4 script but production has not started. The reason for the delays aren’t clear.
On Sunday, March 27, Will walked on stage and smacked Chris Rock across the face. The assault came after Chris made a joke that he was looking forward to a sequel to “G.I. Jane,” which was ultimately a jab at Jada Pinkett-Smith’s shaved head for alopecia.
When Will sat back down, he shouted to Chris, “keep my wife’s name out of your f*** mouth.” Will also won his first Oscar for Best Actor in ‘King Richard.’ When he accepted his speech, he delivered a tearful apology to the Academy, and the following day, he wrote an apology to Chris via a social media post. Jada also seemingly spoke out, and Will plans on addressing the matter more on his wife’s show, Red Table Talk.
On April 1, Will announced he resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In a lengthy statement, he said, “I have directly responded to The Academy‘s disciplinary hearing notice, and I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct. My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable. The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home.” He continued,
“I betrayed the trust of The Academy. I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken. I want to put the focus back on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to get back to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film.”