Will Smith opened up about his personal “pain” in a new in-depth interview with David Letterman.
The Interview, released on Netflix as part of a new season of My next guest needs no introductionwas taped ahead of the 2022 Oscars, when Smith famously slapped Chris Rock onstage.
In the new episode, which was released on Friday, May 20, Smith spoke about taking a break from acting and working on his 2021 memoir.
“My experiences and my life and writing this book has unlocked a part of me as an actor that is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced,” he said.
“Life is so exciting for me right now because I’m able to reach out to people in a different way than I ever have before, mostly because of my pain,” Smith continued. “I’m really ready to dive into my heart in a way that I think will hopefully fulfill me and help the human family.”
Smith has not conducted a full interview since the sensational Oscar incident.
He did, however, apologize to Rock after the slap and said he would not contest the Academy’s 10-year ban on performing as punishment.
Also among the six new episodes of my next guest were interviews with Billie Eilish, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Durant and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
The series is available to stream now on Netflix.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/will-smith-david-letterman-netflix-b2084288.html Will Smith Says His ‘Pain’ Has Allowed Him To ‘Reach People Differently’