Will Smith is in trouble.
Following the dramatic slapping incident with Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards, the 53-year-old Oscar winner’s upcoming film projects have been put on hold.
Will Smith ‘s projects ‘put on hold’
Smith’s Netflix film Fast and Loose was “quietly moved to the back burner” by the streaming platform, per a report from The Hollywood Reporter published on April 2. Bad Boys For Life (a.k.a. Bad Boys 4) has been suspended by Sony, despite Smith already receiving 40 pages of a script.
Last Sunday was indeed complicated for Will. Despite hitting the highest accomplishment of his career after winning the Best Actor trophy for King Richard, the win was ruined by the shocking slap.
In a first moment, it wasn’t clear for viewers at home and audience members in the room if the bit was a joke — but it became evident shortly after that the altercation was very much real.
The actor then screamed twice, “keep my wife’s name out of your f—— mouth.” It’s not clear if Will was actually asked to leave the Dolby Theatre after the fact, but he has since resigned from The Academy. It means he can no longer vote in the Oscars.
“The list of those I have hurt is long”, said the actor. “And includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home,” his statement read. “I betrayed the trust of the Academy”, he continued. “And deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken.” He also apologized to Chris on social media earlier this week.
Smith’s new film has already been shot and is yet-to-be-released on Apple+. The slave-themed project is currently in post-production, and was slated to be released in 2022. Apple has not, however, announced an exact release date.