Will Smith got emotional when talking to Trevor Noah about the infamous slap of Chris Rock at the Oscars and offered some awful excuses for his terrible behavior. Smith said:
“I’ve always wanted to be Superman, I’ve always wanted to swoop in and save the damsel in distress. I had to humble down and realize that I’m a flawed human.
“That was a horrific night, as you can imagine. There are many nuances and complexities to it, you know, but at the end of the day, I just – I lost it. I guess what I would say – you just never know what somebody’s going through.
“I was going through something that night. Not that that justifies my behavior at all.
“It was a lot of things.
“It was the little boy who watched his father beat up his mother…all of that just bubbled up in that moment. I just – that’s not who I want to be.
“I was gone, dude. That was a rage that had been bottled for a really long time.
“And it’s like I understood the idea where they say hurt people hurt people.
“In the audience right now, you know, you’re sitting next to strangers, somebody’s mother died last week, somebody’s child is sick, somebody just lost their job, somebody just found out their spouse cheated. “There’s all these things.
“They’re strangers and you just don’t know what’s going on with people.
“We got to be nice to each other, it’s hard, I guess the thing it was most for me is I took my heart and made it hard for other people.
“I had to forgive myself for being human.
“Trust me, there’s nobody that hates the fact that I’m human more than me.
“I still have an opportunity, you know, to go out in the world and contribute in a way that fills my heart and hopefully fills other people,” he said.
Will Smith opened up to “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah about his infamous slap of comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars, trying to explain his reaction that night and voicing concern about how it could impact his new film. @ErinNBCNews shares the story. pic.twitter.com/OEJpwFPALq
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