Will Smith recently stopped by “The Daily Show” with Trevor Noah to promote his new movie, Emancipation, but when the interview shifted to the Chris Rock slap, the Oscar-winning actor was brought to tears.
Will confessed that he was not himself the night he slapped Chris.
He said he had a lot of stuff on his mind that night, and he lost it.
That was a horrific night, as you could imagine.
There’s many nuances and complexities to it, you know.
But, at the end of the day, I just lost it, you know.
And I guess what I would say, you just never know what somebody’s going through.
In the audience right now, you’re sitting next to strangers, you know.
And somebody’s mother died last week, you know.
Somebody’s child is sick, you know.
Somebody just lost their job.
Somebody just found out their spouse cheated, you know.
It’s like there’s all these things and there’s strangers and you just don’t know what’s going on with people, you know.
And I was going through something that night, you know.
Not that that justifies my behavior at all.
I would just say, you’re asking what did I learn, and it’s that we just got to be nice to each other, man, you know.
It’s like, it’s hard.
And I guess the thing that was most painful for me is I took my heart and made it hard for other people, you know.
And it’s like I understood the idea where they say hurt people hurt people, you know.
And it’s like…
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.
You know, I just, that’s not who I want to be, you know…
It’s like, that’s not who I want to be, man.
Trevor Noah then responded that he doesn’t think that’s who Will Smith is.
I also think that’s not who you are.
I’ll be honest with you. I don’t think that’s who you are.
I think everybody can make a mistake.
And I think, I think in my honest opinion, I think how I think of living my life, as I say…
Trevor’s words made Will Smith admit that he was tearing up.