Will Smith calls first film since Oscar hit ‘poetic perfection’

Will Smith has expressed his thanks for his first film since March’s infamous Oscar smack.

Smith, 54, is directing director Antoine Fuqua’s action thriller. emancipationas the newly freed slave Peter, whose escape from a Louisiana plantation gives way to an agonizing journey north towards safety.

It will be released on Apple TV+ on December 9 and will be the first Smith film to be released after the actor slapped presenter Chris Rock onstage over a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.

Since the incident, Smith, who was convicted for his actions, has apologized and resigned as a member of the Academy.

Smith spoke to him during the new movie’s red carpet premiere on Wednesday (November 30). The Hollywood Reporter about what he envisioned from the film, highlighting the “potential service it could have for modern day social conversations”.

“I thought it would be a necessary reminder of some of the paths we’ve taken as a country in the past, to possibly avert one of those similar paths,” he said.

“To have a film like this for me at this time, and even at this time in my life, is poetic perfection.”

Will Smith and Ben Foster in “Emancipation”

(AppleTV+)

Most recently, Smith had his first late-night talk show appearance since the Oscar fiasco and narrated The Daily Show with Trevor Noahs host that he “was going through something that night.”

He attributed his actions to “bottled rage.”

On the same day, November 28, in an interview with journalist Kevin McCarthy, Smith said he “totally understands” if some viewers aren’t “willing” to watch him lead Emancipation, after the hit.

Read that of the independent Two star rating of the film here.

emancipation premieres December 9 on Apple TV+.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/will-smith-emancipation-film-oscar-slap-b2237002.html Will Smith calls first film since Oscar hit ‘poetic perfection’

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