Oscars 2022 producer Will Packer revealed more details about Will Smith’s slap on Chris Rock during the ceremony last Sunday (26).
In an interview with Good Morning America, Packer stated that the joke was not in the script that was already agreed between the actors. “I thought it was part of something Chris and Will were doing on their own, so I wasn’t worried at all,” he said.Chris Rock speaks for the first time about slapping Will Smith; Look
As soon as the comedian left the stage, Packer asked if the slap was real. “Yeah, I just got punched by ‘Muhammad Ali,'” Chris replied. “He was immediately in play mode, but you could tell he was still in shock.”
Packer also revealed that Rock did not want Will Smith to be expelled. “He made it clear he didn’t want to make a bad situation worse. That was Chris’ energy. His tone wasn’t retaliatory, it wasn’t angry, so I was standing up for what Rock wanted at the time,” he said.
Action against Will Smith
Last Wednesday (30), the Academy announced the start of disciplinary action against Will Smith. According to representatives of the ceremony, the actor violated the terms of the code of conduct of the organization. “Inappropriate physical contact, abusive or threatening behavior, and compromise of the Academy’s integrity.”