Terry Crews has expressed his condolences to Will Smith following his widely criticized altercation with Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars.
During the televised ceremony, Smith slapped and verbally abused Rock on stage after the comedian made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
“Jada, I love you. GI Jane 2 can’t wait to see you,” Rock joked, referring to Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. Pinkett Smith explained last year that she shaved her head after battling alopecia.
It was subsequently announced that Smith had been banned from all Academy events for 10 years as a punishment.
In conversation with The Hollywood ReporterReflecting on the incident, Crews said: “Both Will Smith and Chris Rock are dear, dear friends of mine. I love them both as brothers, but there was a time in my life [where] I was Will Smith at that moment, and let me tell you, I’ve done worse than Will – much exaggerated, only… the punishment didn’t match the crime.
“Like people were like, ‘What on earth are you doing?’ My wife even had to say, ‘You have to promise me you’ll never go off like that. They didn’t have to pick this man up and turn him upside down, on the concrete,” he continued.
That Brooklyn Nine-Nine star praised Rock for keeping his composure after the altercation.
“The toughness I grew up in and the way I was always was the ability to hit, the ability to hit, the ability to make things right to even the score,” he said.
“But the true definition of toughness was what Chris would do, taking a punch and then holding it all together and then showing tremendous stamina and resilience in the midst of obstacles.
“I’m very grateful to Chris, but I also understand Will. I’m not [one] Wants to demonize at all because I was there.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/terry-crews-will-smith-chris-rock-b2063610.html Terry Crews shares his support for ‘dear friend’ Will Smith over Oscars slap: ‘I’ve done it worse’