Sean Penn slammed Will Smith for his infamous slap during the 2022 Oscars.
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In 2022, the American actor slapped the presenter of the ceremony, Chris Rock, after the latter mentioned his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, in a joke. Later in the evening, the Men in Black star won best actor for his role in The Williams Method.
Speaking about the controversy in an interview with Variety, Sean Penn said: “I don’t know Will Smith. I met him once. He seemed very nice when I met him. He was so good in The Williams Method. So why the hell did you spit on yourself and everyone else with that stupid fucking slap? »
“Why did I have to go to jail for the same thing you just did?” And you, are you still sitting there? Why are you all standing around cheering for his worst moment as a person? »added the Milk actor in reference to his own past and the differences in treatment that exist in Hollywood. In 1987, Sean Penn was sentenced to 60 days in prison after punching a lyricist because he thought the man had kissed his then-wife, Madonna.
Sean Penn later claimed that the Oscars incident would never have happened if the Academy had allowed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to appear during the ceremony, as he had suggested. “This bullshit wouldn’t have happened with Zelensky,” he said. Will Smith would never have left that chair to take part in this stupid violence. That would never have happened. »