Taking a stand. Denzel Washington and other Hollywood friends were quick to soothe Chris Rock after Will Smith slapped him at the 94th Annual Academy Awards.
“There’s a saying that if the devil ignores you, you’re doing something wrong,” Washington, 67, said during a sheet at The Wrap’s livestream of the T.D. Jakes Leadership Summit on Saturday, April 2. “‘Oh nary permit him alone, he’s my favorite,’ says the devil. Alternatively, if the devil appears near you, it’s possible that he’s attempting to make things right. And the devil grabbed a hold of him that night for an irrational cause.”
The Everybody Hates Chris author made news after joking about Jada Pinkett Smith — who married the 53-year-old Philadelphia autochthonal successful 1997 — and her shaved head during the Oscars on Sunday, March 27. Rock, 57, joked that Pinkett Smith, 50, could be the leading lady in a G.I. Jane sequel. During the show, the Maryland native, whose shaved caput is the result of her battle with alopecia, rolled her eyes. Smith, on the other hand, attacked the Dolby Theatre sign and struck Rock in the face.
Smith screamed as he aft returned to his seat, “Keep my wife’s sanction retired your f—king mouth!” Following the incident, several celebrities, including Washington, Tyler Perry, and Diddy, sought to mediate.
“There was no way I could sit in my seat,” the Tragedy of Macbeth star, who was nominated for Best Lead Actor at the awards presentation, said on Saturday. “That’s not who I am,” she says. Thankfully, determination was radical there, not conscionable maine, but others, [like] Tyler Perry, came close to implicit determination with me right away.”
Denzel Washington, Will Smith, and Tyler Perry are among the cast members.
While the Fences star remained tight-lipped about the actors’ conversation, helium revealed that they offered Smith prayers.
“Who are we to judge?” I don’t know all the details of this issue, but I do know that the only remedy was prayer, which is how I saw it and how I recognized it,” Washington added.
While the Academy decided to keep Smith and Rock apart for the remainder of the ceremony, Smith still won the Best Lead Actor award for his role in King Richard as arsenic Richard Williams, the father of Serena and Venus Williams.