Denzel Washington he experienced the blow of Will Smith and Chris Rock live at the Oscars and was one of the actors, along with Bradley Cooper, who approached his colleague after the accident. Almost a week after the scandal, Washington gave its version of what happened and offered details of what happened during the commercial break.
It should be remembered that half an hour after the violent episode, Smith returned to the stage to receive the Oscar for Best Actor. In his speech, he said Washington had told him: “At your best, be careful, that’s when the devil comes for you.”
Washington, who was seen calming Smith down after the altercation, confirmed his colleague’s remarks and further explained his words: “Well, there’s a saying: ‘When the devil ignores you, then you know you’re doing something. wrong. ‘ The devil says, ‘Oh no, leave him alone, he’s my favorite.’ Conversely, when the devil comes to you, it may be because you are trying to do something right. And for some reason, the devil took over that circumstance that night. “
Washington, Tyler Perry, and Bradley Cooper were spotted talking to Smith during the commercial break that followed after Smith punched Rock in the face for a prank aimed at his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who was sitting in the front row.
“I could never have sat in my seat. That’s not who I am, “added the actor.”Luckily there were people there. Not just me, but others, like Tyler Perry, who came right up with me and said some prayers. I don’t want to tell what we talked about, who are we to condemn it? I don’t know all the details of the situation, but I know that the only solution was prayer “.He added.
After a public apology to Rock on his social networks, Will Smith resigned from Hollywood’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday.
“I resign from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will accept any other consequences the Board deems appropriate,” the actor wrote in a statement. “My actions at the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful and unforgivable. The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends, everyone in attendance and the global audience back home. “
“I have betrayed the trust of the academy. My heart is broken”Smith said.
The Hollywood Academy confirmed acceptance of Smith’s resignation through a statement signed by its president, David Rubin. But, at the same time, he reported that the disciplinary proceedings opened against the plaintiff for violation of the body’s codes of conduct will continue.
Rock, meanwhile, first referred in public to what happened in a cabaret show he held in the city of Boston. There, he assured that he is still “processing what happened”.
The comedian received praise for the way he handled the event.
Oscar producer Will Packer told the network ABC that it was Rock’s professionalism that allowed the show to go on.
Authorities took no action because Rock refused to file a complaint, Parker added.
The ovation that Smith received for his Oscar win was widely criticized, with the accusation that Hollywood had not taken the assault seriously.
Packer said the cheers went to the actor and his work, not for the accident
“I think the people in that room who stood up, stood up for someone they knew, who was a partner, who was a friend, who was a brother, who has a career spanning more than three decades where it’s the opposite of what we saw at the time“he said.” All these people saw their friend at his worst and hoped they could cheer him up. “