At the premiere of Emancipation, Will Smith was surrounded by his family, which served as a unique forcefield around him.
On Wednesday, the actor made his first appearance on the red carpet since his breakdown at the Oscars. He did so at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles, where he was flanked by members of his family. He had all three of his children — Trey, 30, Jaden, 24, and Willow, 22 — with him at the time. Jada Pinkett Smith was holding his arm while they were there.
Antoine Fuqua is the director of the film Emancipation, starring Will Smith as an oppressed man who manages to escape from a Confederate army labor camp. Ben Foster and Charmaine Bingwa also star in the movie that was produced by Apple Originals.
Despite the issue, Will did not try to avoid attention while he was on the carpet. He and Jada stood out from the crowd, thanks in large part to the attention-grabbing white Stephane Rolland gown that Jada wore, which included ruffles that trailed behind her.
Will leaned in close to Jada and planted a kiss on her bald head while she was leaning into him at one point. The incident at the 2022 Academy Awards that resulted in Will storming the stage and slapping presenter Chris Rock was sparked by Rock’s joke that Jada could play a role in a G.I. Jane sequel because of her bald head. Will stormed the stage and slapped Rock. It would appear that Rock was unaware that Jada suffers from alopecia. One of the later apologies that Will sent stated that he “reacted emotionally” because “a joke about Jada’s physical situation was too much for me to stomach.”
Will’s mother-in-law, Adrienne Banfield Norris, was also present to lend her support to the family. Adrienne, along with Jada and Willow, is a co-host of the talk show Red Table Talk. In spite of the fact that she was there with her husband Rodney, she posed for pictures with her daughter.
The Hollywood Reporter states that Will was greeted with applause and cheers from the “crunch of photographers” as he made his way down the red carpet. He retorted in a lighthearted manner, “What’s going on here? What’s going on here?” — despite the fact that he most likely was aware that his debut red carpet would be a significant one due to the turmoil.
According to the source, Will then “spent a large part of time posing for photos with the cast” in addition to taking pictures with executives from Apple. After that, he started walking down the red carpet and “generously gave time to each outlet” as he went.
Will also flashed a grin while he was signing autographs for the adoring fans who had lined up outside the theater.
At the Vanity Fair Oscars party on March 27, which was the most recent time all four members of the Smiths appeared on a red carpet together, The evening consisted of a variety of high points and low points. Will’s outburst earlier in the evening overshadowed the fact that he had just won the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance as King Richard. In addition to storming the stage to attack Rock, he then returned to his seat and proceeded to curse him out in front of the audience. Will got a standing ovation for winning his Oscar, and he and his family headed out to celebrate at the after-party, where he danced to one of his renowned hit songs. Despite this, the event proceeded. Will received a standing ovation for winning his Oscar.
After Will’s resignation from the Academy, the organization promptly barred him from attending the Oscars for a period of ten years.
The actor who won an Academy Award for his performance issued multiple apologies, which were met with a variety of reactions, and kept a relatively low profile up until his return to the spotlight for this film. In the time leading up to it, he watched the film in intimate settings, frequently in the company of friends and supporters. Along the path of his atonement tour, he also paid a pleasant visit to the high school he attended during his teenage years.
After the events of the drama, he gave his first interview to a late-night television show earlier this week. During a conversation with Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, he admitted that he “lost it” on Oscars night and blamed years of bottled-up emotions, dating back to his childhood when he witnessed his father a.b.u.si.ng his mother.
Will said in the press leading up to that event that he would “completely understand” if people aren’t ready to see him on the big screen again after what happened at the Oscars. On the other hand, he stated that he is concentrating his efforts on the crew that worked on the movie, claiming that they “have done some of the best work of their entire careers,” and that his “deepest hope is that my actions don’t penalize [them].”
Even though Will can no longer attend the Oscars, he is still qualified to get a nomination for Best Actor for his work on this production.
On Wednesday, he said to Extra while he was on the red carpet, “This movie is all about the power of faith and family, and it’s definitely a movie about freedom. It is historical, but I believe it portrays it in a way that has a contemporary feel… It’s not “eat your vegetables,” as the saying goes… It’s a great piece of cinematic work.”