According to fans, the apology video is Smith's attempt to rehabilitate himself in the eyes of the public and return to the profession .
53-year-old American actor Will Smith, who has been missing from public view for four months, has recorded a new video in which he apologized to comedian Chris Rock for the slap at the Oscars, as well as to his fans. He posted the entry on his Instagram page, as well as on the YouTube channel..
According to him, he wanted to talk to Rock in person, but he refused, saying that he was not ready for a conversation. Therefore, Will considered the format of the video message to be optimal in this situation.
The Oscar-winning actor noted that no part of him believes that at that moment his behavior was correct
“I'm deeply remorseful. I'm trying to repent without being ashamed of myself. I'm human and I made a mistake… Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable. And I'm here when you're ready to talk,” Smith emphasized, at the same time apologizing and to his mother, his family, and everyone who was offended by his act.
The actor also explained why he did not apologize to Chris that evening:
“By that time, I was in Everything was fuzzy.”
From the video, viewers learned that Will had been in therapy for several months, and was also able to fully understand his behavior.
“It hurts me psychologically and emotionally to realize that I didn't live up to people's expectations of me. Disappointing people is my main trauma. I hate it when I let people down,” the actor assured.
Will came on stage and slapped Chris, after which he returned to the auditorium. Soon he got up again from his seat to receive the coveted “Oscar” for the role of the father of tennis players Serena and Venus Williams in the film “King Richard”.
The act of the actor caused a serious scandal and massive discussion of his motivation, and Smith flew to India. As fans have suggested, he did this in order to be alone with himself and devote time to awareness and meditation. In April, Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Oscar awarding group, and the organization banned him from attending the ceremony for 10 years.
That Will apologized to Rock in this form, recording video, may indicate that in this way one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood wants to avoid the “cancellation culture” and return to the profession.