Will Smith reveals the ‘rage’ that consumed him leading up to THAT Oscar slap

‘Why did you hit that man, Uncle Will?’: Will Smith recalls shame of returning home to his young nephew after THAT Oscars slap… and reflects on the ‘bottled’ rage that consumed him that night

  • The 54-year-old actor was promoting his new movie Emancipation on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah when he opened up about his slap of Chris Rock 
  • He added that, after the Oscars, he came home and saw his nine-year-old nephew… who watched the slap and asked, ‘Why did you hit that man, Uncle Will?’ 
  • The Oscar winner – who resigned from the Academy and was dealt a 10-year ban from the Oscars – revealed there was a ‘rage’ that had been bottled inside him for a long time… that was let out with the slap
  • ‘That 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?’ he said
  • ‘I was gone. That was a rage that had been bottled for a really long time,’ Will said

Will Smith is continuing his press tour for his new movie Emancipation, giving his first talk show interview since his now-infamous Oscar slap of Chris Rock.

The 54-year-old actor appeared on Monday night’s episode of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, where he revealed there was a ‘rage’ inside him that night.

He 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?’

Interview: The 54-year-old actor appeared on Monday night's episode of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, where he revealed there was a 'rage' inside him that night

Interview: The 54-year-old actor appeared on Monday night’s episode of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, where he revealed there was a ‘rage’ inside him that night

Slap aftermath: Will Smith is continuing his press tour for his new movie Emancipation, giving his first talk show interview since his now-infamous Oscar slap of Chris Rock

Slap aftermath: Will Smith is continuing his press tour for his new movie Emancipation, giving his first talk show interview since his now-infamous Oscar slap of Chris Rock

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?” Damn it. Why are you trying to Oprah me?’ Will said.

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.

‘I was going through something that night, you know? Not that that justifies my behavior at all…’ he admitted.

‘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 in that moment. That is not who I want to be,’ he said.

‘I was gone. That was a rage that had been bottled for a really long time,” Will said. 

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