Will Smith returned to the award present stage in individual for the primary time since slapping Chris Rock on the Oscars final yr.

Smith accepted the Beacon Award on the African American Movie Critics Affiliation Awards on Wednesday alongside his “Emancipation” director Antoine Fuqua.

After Fuqua spoke, thanking the forged and crew, he handed the microphone to Smith.

“‘Emancipation’ was probably the most particular person troublesome movie of my total profession,” Smith stated. “It’s actually troublesome to move a contemporary thoughts to that point interval. It’s troublesome to think about that degree of inhumanity.”

Smith performs an enslaved man named Peter within the AppleTV+ film, and described filming one scene the place one other actor ad-libbed and spit on him throughout a take.

“It was the second day of taking pictures and 110 levels,” he stated. “I used to be in a scene with one of many White actors, and we had our strains, and the actor determined to ad-lib. So, we’re doing the scene. I did my line. He did his line. After which he ad-libbed and spit in the course of my chest. If I had pearls on, I undoubtedly would’ve clutched them. I wished to say, ‘Antoineeeeee,’ however I finished, and I spotted that Peter couldn’t have referred to as the director.”

Smith continued describing the scene.

“We do take two. I do my line. He does his line and spits in the course of my chest once more. I simply held in that second, and there was an element — it makes me teary proper now — there was part of me that was grateful that I acquired to actually perceive,” Smith stated. “After which, within the distance, I hear a voice, and Antoine says, ‘Hey, let’s do a take with out the spit.’ And in that second, I knew that God was actual.”

Smith didn’t attend the NAACP Picture Awards final weekend, the place he received the most effective actor award for his efficiency within the movie, however he expressed his gratitude on social media for the popularity.

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