As soon as Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars, he immediately became the biggest loser of the night. He resorted to violence to solve his problem, resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and could be suspended or expelled from AMPAS. Thus, although Smith won the Academy Award for Best Actor, he faces the consequences of his actions. And the collapse continues.
Smith faced criticism from many Hollywood stars shortly after the slap. He could also lose his Oscar and make a living. But for how long?
Smith’s tearful acceptance speech in which he apologized for his actions (but not to Rock) hinted at his high post-slap feelings. As it became clear that the incident was not part of the show’s script, the entertainers quickly stopped.
Mark Hamill condemned the attack, as did comedian Kathy Griffin. Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler, Judd Apatow and many fans reacted with support for Rock and disgust for Smith.
Smith refused to leave the Oscars when Academy representatives asked him to, and Rock refused to prosecute.
There is still a chance that Smith’s Oscar will be removed, but it faces even more consequences for his actions.
Smith’s livelihood is in danger due to the slap in the face of the Oscars
Smith has resigned from the Academy and is still facing possible exile, but these are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the consequences of his actions.
According to his IMDb page, Smith has many acting projects at various stages of development. Due to the slap, these works are on hold indefinitely.
The Apple TV + project EmancipationThe film, produced and starring Smith, was scheduled to air in 2022, but Apple has not announced a date and declined to comment on the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Netflix movie Fast and relaxed, another play produced by Smith and about to star, experienced a reversal even before the Oscars. Now, Netflix seems to have paused, per THR. His status Bad Boys 4 is also in flow.
Smith has (or had) many projects on the horizon, but a bad decision in fractions of a second puts his life at risk. His enormous net worth means that he will still live comfortably, but it seems that his career as an actor could be significantly slowed down. But for how long?
Will he ever return from the Oscars incident?
Manufacturers and distributors have already distanced themselves from Smith, but how long does it take? The short answer is that everything depends.
It depends on how seriously the Academy takes its code of conduct and how strictly it wants to enforce it, but even that is a reversal.
Roman Polanski lives at the other end of the spectrum. He left the United States after pleading guilty to rape in 1977 (according to The Guardian), but later won three Oscar nominations. Won the best direction for The pianist in 2002, and was nominated for Best Picture for the film that same year. In addition, he won the Best Director Award in 1979 for Τεςstarring Nastassja Kinski.
Will Smith’s future at the Oscars may be in the air, but we already know that his acting roles can be more difficult.
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