Both Will Smith and Chris Rock need no introduction. They are well-known names in the American entertainment world. Will Smith is one of the finest and most successful American celebrities known for his excellent acting and rapping skills. While Chris Rock is a famous and significant American actor, comedian, and filmmaker. Both Will Smith and Chris Rock are globally acclaimed media personalities.
However, the two became part of one of the biggest debates when Will Smith smacked Chris Rock’s face at the Oscars ceremony on March 27, 2022. Yes, it is true.
The most notorious slap controversy took the web and social media by storm. Both Smith and Rock have known each other for so many years. They even share a strong working relationship and have worked together in many films and TV shows.
In this comprehensive blog, we have discussed everything from their first project to the slap debate, and more about Smith and Rock’s relationship through the years.
So, let’s get started.
Chris Rock and Will Smith In The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Created by Susan Borowitz and Andy Borowitz, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is a famous American TV situation comedy aired from September 1990 to May 1996. The sitcom featured some of the best and most talented names across the Hollywood industry. This includes Will Smith, James Avery, and Janet Hubert-Whitten just to name a few. It was during episode 2 of season 6 when Chris Rock made a guest appearance on the show which aired on Sept. 25, 1995.
He portrayed the role of Maurice Perry on the show.
Will Smith and Chris Rock in Torrance Rises
Torrance Rises is a 1999-based short comedy mockumentary featuring Will Smith, Madonna, Chris Rock, and many more celebrities. The film moves around the story of the dance group and showcases their journey to the MTV Video Music Awards presentation
Will Smith and Chris Rock played themselves, alongside other renowned stars including Regis Philbin, Fatboy Slim, and more
Will Smith Accepts Award From Chris Rock
The interaction between Smith and Rock grew at the 2005 Kids’ Choice Award ceremony where Rock gave Smith an Award for the favorite voice for his role as Oscar in Shark Tale which is an American computer-animated comedy film.
After five years in 2010, both Rock and Smith met at the event again where they even posed together for a photo backstage, alongside Smith’s son, Jaden Smith.
Apart from Will Smith and Chris Rock even worked with Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. The two were seen together in the 2005-based animated movie named Madagascar.
Chris Rock And Will Smith Oscars 2022
It was on March 27, 2022, when Smith slapped Rock on the Oscars stage. While presenting the Best Documentary nominees at the Oscars ceremony in 2022, comedian Chris Rock commented about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and her hairstyle.
Rock joked, “Jada I love you, ‘G.I. Jane 2,’ Can’t wait to see it.” To which Smith replied, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f—ing mouth!”
Smith promptly left his seat, went to the stage, and slapped Rock while live broadcast.
After the event, an official notification about the incident and Smith’s action was issued by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The statement criticized Smith’s act and even announced to review the incident and investigation of further action and results as per Bylaws, Standards of Conduct, and California law.
Jada Pinkett Smith On Red Table Talk
During one of the episodes of Red Table Talk, Jada briefly talked about the scandalous Oscars slap and stated, “About Oscar night. My deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men have an opportunity to heal, talk this out and reconcile.”
She further added, “With the state of the world today, we need ’em both, and we all actually need one another more than ever.”
Will Smith Apologizes On Social Media
Four months after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars ceremony, he uploaded an apology video on his social media accounts like YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook on July 29, 2022.
In the video, Smith seemed to apologize to Rock and requested him to approach him at any time.
“I’ve reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk, and when he is he will reach out,” Smith said. “So I will say to you, Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable, and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”
Chris Rock Calls Will Smith’s Apology A “Hostage Video”
While shooting for a comedy show with Dave Chappelle, Rock stated “f— your hostage video,” in an obvious connection to the uploaded apology video by Smith.
Rock even addressed the actor “Suge Smith” and said, “That s— hurt.”
Above all, we hope that everything gets sorted between Will Smith and Chris Rock as soon as possible.