What a slap within the face.
In footage obtained by TMZ, a video from final yr reveals Oscar winner Will Smith demonstrating the artwork of a pretend slap to a bunch of children.
The teen, reportedly named Chris — an unlucky coincidence — requested Smith how he fakes fights in his well-known movies.
Naturally, the seeming slapaholic confirmed him.
Whereas Smith didn’t really slap this Chris, it was eerily foreboding of the collection of unlucky occasions that have been the 94th Academy Awards.
On the 2022 Oscars Sunday night, Smith slapped comic Chris Rock throughout the face after he made an off-color joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia.
“Get my spouse’s identify out of your f–king mouth!” Smith shouted — twice — from his front-row seat at a baffled Rock post-brawl. Will has since apologized for his actions, together with to Rock, and on Tuesday morning Jada finally responded to the controversy by posting about this being “a season for therapeutic and I’m right here for it” on her Instagram account.
The stunning slap — televised to houses world wide — was successful on Twitter, the place web jokesters crafted a mint of memes concerning the smackdown.
Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel even referred to the altercation as “the previous ‘Hitch’ slap,” referring to Smith’s knee-slapping comedy from 2005.
Kimmel, who initially thought the smack was staged, stated he shortly realized it wasn’t faux in any respect.
“In a single gorgeous second – the night time went from ‘Oscars – So What?’ to ‘Oscars So WHAAAAAAT?!’” he joked on his present “Jimmy Kimmel Dwell!”
Other late-night comics additionally chimed in, together with “The Tonight Present” host Jimmy Fallon, who said it was “good for all of us to come back collectively and say ‘holy crap’ on the identical time.”
However this isn’t the primary time Smith has struck out.
In 2012, the “King Richard” actor slapped prankster Vitalii Sediuk masquerading as a journalist when he tried to kiss Smith on the cheek on the Moscow premiere of “Males in Black III.”
“What the hell is your drawback, man?” Smith chided Sediuk earlier than grazing his face with a backhanded slap.