Will Smith used to be one of the highly demanded actors in the Hollywood industry however after the infamous Oscars controversy, his life got upside down with the actor getting banned from the Academy ceremonies for a decade. While the actor hopes to see himself once again in the same light he previously was used to one day, experts say otherwise!
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The experts believe that the four times Grammy Award winner will never be able to retain the noble image he used to have before the infamous incident happened. Before we dive into it, let’s get to know a bit about the infamous incident which turned his life into a nightmare.
Will Smith’s Infamous Oscars Controversy
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At the Oscars in March this year, the 54-year-old actor, Will Smith furiously slapped comedian Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards. The actor smacked Rock on the face after the comedian made a joke about the former’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald look. The comedian commented that her appearance was like the GI Jane protagonist. It offended the couple with the actor, and the next thing, he did was assault the person on stage.
For the unversed, Pinkett Smith suffered from a medical condition named alopecia leading to hair loss. In the aftermath of his infamous actions at the 94th Academy Awards, the King Richard star has been banned from the Oscars for ten years.
After the outburst, Smith publicly apologized to the comedian though he never got to reach him. Since then, his public image has been tarnished which is what the experts said about him.
Expert’s Opinion on Will Smith Restoring Himself as Hollywood Brand
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Due to the infamous incident, his reputation was widely affected and it looks like the experts already have the answer to what will happen to the $450M Hollywood brand. It’s no doubt that the actor was once considered one of the most reputable personalities in the industry due to his fine work. Since the incident, it is not been the same as it once used to be.
On the msnbc show’s Brand Up Brand Down, experts open up that Smith’s reputation has been “permanently damaged.”
The experts shared,
“What he did was the most jerky, assualtive, maniacal and absurd thing and I don’t think you can watch a Will Smith movie again and feel the same way about him.”
With the scenario observed till now, especially with his movie, Emancipation, it is hard to say that the actor will ever be able to regain his old reputation. There has not been a good response to the movie for one of the reasons including the actor being the lead cast in the movie.
Emancipation is streaming on Apple TV+