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Tearful Will Smith Recalls Shame Of Returning Home After THAT Oscars Slap

Will Smith's new movie, Emancipation, will hit theatres on December 2 and arrive on Apple TV Plus on December 9.

Will Smith stunned the world in March when he slapped the Oscars host, Chris Rock. Though it’s been months since that incident, Smith still repenting. The actor recently appeared on Monday night’s episode of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah as he continues his press tour for his new movie Emancipation.

His latest appearance marks his first talk show interview since his now-infamous Oscar slap of Chris Rock. However, during the interview, he revealed there was a ‘rage’ inside him that night. Smith also added that, when he got home after the ceremony, his nine-year-old nephew was waiting and had seen the slap, asking him, ‘Why did you hit that man, Uncle Will?’

Will revealed on the show, ‘My little nephew Dom is nine. He is the sweetest little boy. We came home,’ when the nephew asked him a question. ‘He had stayed up late to see his uncle Will and we are sitting in my kitchen and he is on my lap and he is holding the Oscar and he is just like, “Why did you hit that man, Uncle Will?”‘ Smith said. He then took out his tissues and looked at Noah, joking, ‘Damn it. Why are you trying to Oprah me?’

Men In Black star added, ‘It was a mess, you know. I don’t want to go too far into it to give people more to misunderstand.’ After discussing his new movie, Noah joked they hadn’t seen him for awhile, as Will began to open up about what he said was, ‘a horrific night, as you can imagine.’ ‘There’s many nuances and complexities to it. But at the end of the day, I just — I lost it, you know?’ Will admitted.

The actor then admitted, ‘I was going through something that night, you know? Not that that justifies my behaviour at all. It was a lot of things. It was the little boy that watched his father beat up his mother, you know? All of that just bubbled up at that moment. That is not who I want to be.’ He added, “I was gone. That was a rage that had been bottled for a really long time.” Will said.

Will further revealed that it’s ‘killing’ him that the aftermath of the slap would negatively affect his new movie Emancipation, in theatres on December 2 and arriving on Apple TV Plus on December 9. Based on the true events, Emancipation follows Peter, a slave, who flees a plantation in Louisiana after he was whipped within an inch of his life. He has to outwit cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana on a torturous journey north.

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