Managing Editor Antoine Fuqua Defends Film Release After Will Smith Slapped His Oscars

Emancipation director Antoine Fuqua is defending his decision to release the film after star Will Smith’s controversial behavior at this year’s Academy Awards.

Fuqua, 56, revealed that the film — which follows a man escaping from slavery and was filmed before the 54-year-old slapped comedian Chris Rock, 57, across the face — is “more important than one bad moment.” . New interview with Vanity Fair.

The director also shared that there was never any conversation “about the movie not coming out” and called Smith “the nicest person I’ve ever met.”

Smith is photographed at the 94th Annual Academy Awards on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood

Standing by his leading man: Managing Editor Antoine Fuqua defends his decision to release the film after lead star Will Smith’s controversial behavior at the Oscars

Of course I wanted people to see the movie. I always said, “Isn’t 400 years of slavery and brutality more important than one bad moment?” We’ve been in Hollywood, and there have been some really ugly things that have happened, and we’ve seen a lot of people get awards that have done some really bad things,” he said.

During the 2022 Academy Awards, Smith burst onto the stage and slapped Rock across the face, after joking about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, 50,’s shaven head, shouting “Keep my wife’s name out of your mouth!”

After the accident, the release date of the film is unknown, but last month Apple TV+ announced that it will hit theaters on December 2, and will be available to stream on December 9.

Important: The film, which follows the story of a man escaping slavery, is

Important: The film, which follows the story of a man escaping slavery, is “more important than a bad moment,” Fuqua, 56, said in a new interview with Vanity Fair.

The film will also be eligible for Awards season, and although Smith was banned from Academy events for the next 10 years, he was eligible to nominate.

Fuqua shared that after the studio and filmmakers talked about the situation, they decided the film didn’t need to be delayed.

The Training Day director also revealed that the moment Smith hit rock “wasn’t real to me at all” because he had “never” met a nice human being”, adding that Smith was “nice to everyone on the set” from editing. .

Shocking: Fuqua — who shot the film ahead of the 2022 Oscars, in which Smith, 54, storms off stage and slapping Chris Rock, 57 — also called the actor

Shocking: Fuqua — who shot the film ahead of the 2022 Oscars, in which Smith, 54, storms off stage and slapping Chris Rock, 57 — also called the actor “the nicest person I’ve ever met.”

So I saw a different person from that moment, and so my reaction was that that particular moment was very strange to me when it came to Will Smith. I have nothing but amazing things to say about Will Smith, really. You can ask anyone who worked on the movie, they’ll tell you the same. The nicest person I’ve ever met.

He added, “Chris Rock — I know Chris — Chris is a good guy too. I spent time with Chris, and I think it was an unfortunate event and I hope we can move on and get through it.”

Fuqua also stressed that the role was mentally and physically difficult for Smith: “It’s really hard to launch a character who’s been brutalized and called the N-word every day — constantly, every day — and still is the nicest person in the world.”

Difficult: Fuqua also stressed that the role was mentally and physically difficult for Smith:

Difficult: Fuqua also stressed that the role was mentally and physically difficult for Smith: “It’s really hard to release a character who’s been brutalized and called the N-word every day — constantly, every day — and still is the nicest person in the world.” ”

moving forward:

Moving on: “I can tell he’s a good man and I hope people will forgive him and we can move on,” he said; Pictured October 19, 2022

“So no excuses for anyone or anything, but I can say he is a good man and I hope people will forgive him and we can move on.”

I hope Chris and Will find a way to sit together publicly, privately, whatever, and make up. “I think it would be an incredible statement,” the director added.

Smith declined to discuss the Oscars fiasco with Vanity Fair, but shared that his character helped him “develop a higher capacity for empathy.”

The actor also showed the film to his famous friends — including Dave Chappelle, Tyler Perry, Rihanna, and A$AP Rocky — at a private screening in October.

Famous Friends: The actor already showed the movie to his famous friends — including Dave Chappelle, Tyler Perry, Rihanna, and A$AP Rocky — at a private screening in October.  Apple TV+ has announced that the film will hit theaters on December 2

Famous Friends: The actor already showed the movie to his famous friends — including Dave Chappelle, Tyler Perry, Rihanna, and A$AP Rocky — at a private screening in October. Apple TV+ has announced that the film will hit theaters on December 2

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