Jim Carrey is certainly upset with Hollywood for their reaction to the Will Smith situation. the actor of King Richard: A Winning Family, starred in one of the most embarrassing moments in Oscar history. However, forty minutes later he was applauded by all in attendance when he was announced as the winner of a statuette. Carrey completely disagrees with this behavior, which leads him to consider that the industry and his peers are not what they used to be.
The actor is in full press tour, for his participation in the second installment of Sonic. The video game-inspired film is about to hit theaters, so it’s only natural that the cast will submit to the inquisitions of reporters. Of course, the topic of the moment is Will Smith and for him Jim Carrey had some things to say (via).
“[La cachetada] it came out of nowhere because Will has something inside of him that frustrates him. I wish him well. I have nothing against Will Smith. He has done great things, but that was not a good time. He cast a very long shadow over everyone’s bright spot last night. It was a selfish moment.”
The entire incident occurred when Chris Rock took the stage to present a category and incidentally made a joke about Mrs. Smith’s physique. Will reacted immediately, got up from his seat and went to the stage to hit the presenter. “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth,” he yelled at her after returning to his chair.
The moment was embarrassing for everyone present and audiences around the world. After that, it hardly mattered which film was the winner and what other prizes remained to be awarded. Precisely Will Smith returned to the stage to pick up his first Oscar for Best Actor. His speech was a strange mix between an apology and a justification. However, everyone in the Dolby Theater got up from their seats to celebrate their award.
“I felt sick,” Carrey said of the moment. “The standing ovation grossed me out. Hollywood is just a coward en masse and I really felt like this is a very clear indication that we’re not the cool club anymore.”
Chris Rock decided not to press charges against Smith, despite the assault. This would have cost the Oscar winner a fine of nearly $100,000 and a sentence of up to six months behind bars. The comedian decided not to go through with the incident, despite the fact that Smith did not apologize to the attacker at the time and even left him out during his apologies issued on stage when collecting his award.
Jim Carrey believes that Will Smith should have been escorted out of the compound at that time. Something that according to some internal sources, the Academy seriously considered. No one really knew what to do at the time and while the organizers agreed on how to proceed in the face of something unprecedented, the ceremony came to an end. Only Rock made the decision not to continue the feud, something Carrey applauds.
“He was able to announce this morning that he was suing Will for $200 million because that video will be there forever, it will be ubiquitous,” Carrey said. “That insult is going to last a long time. If you want to shout from the audience and show disapproval or say something on Twitter, that’s fine. But you have no right to go on stage and punch someone in the face because she said some words.”
In his acceptance speech, Smith said that being part of the industry that often asks to ignore the bad things that are said. He justified his character’s sentiment in the film, with his on “defending the family.” However, in the apology he issued for Instagram the next day he explained that he understood that “Pranks at my expense are part of the job.”
He also apologized to the victim and to all those who had the misfortune to see him. “Violence, in any of its forms, is poisonous and destructive. My behavior last night was unacceptable and indefensible,” he confessed.
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