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Will Smith Reveals SHOCKING Moment He Got Spat On By 'Emancipation' Costar

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By Favour Adegoke on December 16, 2022 at 12:30 PM EST
Updated on December 17, 2022 at 7:37 PM EST

"King Richard" star Will Smith disclosed that a co-star on the set of "Emancipation" spat on him while in character. The actor is still relatively on the outs with the public and some celebrities for his actions earlier this year during the Oscars award ceremony.

During the event, Will took to the stage to slap comedian Chris Rock after he made an untoward joke at the expense of his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. The resultant effect saw studios shutting down his movie projects and fellow celebrities publicly slamming the actor for his actions.

Despite issuing apologies a number of times, Will recently talked about "Emancipation," his newest film, and assured people that it was completely understandable if they were still uncomfortable seeing him on screen.

Read on to learn more.

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A Co-Star Spat On Will Smith Mid Filming

Will Smith at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon in Los Angeles

Will joined his three children, Trey, Jaden, and Willow Smith, in a recent episode of Facebook Watch's "Red Table Talk." During the interview, he talked about his time on the set of "Emancipation," describing it as extremely taxing on all fronts. "It was emotionally, it was physically, it was spiritually taxing," the actor said.

Will also mentioned an unnamed actor who was apparently so into character that he spat on him, in the face no less, while filming. "One of the first days on set, there is a scene with one of the actors, and he leans down in my face and says, 'You a cold one, ain't you?' and then he ad-libbed," the actor recalled.

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During his narration, Will demonstrated spitting on Willow, and his children broke into laughter. The actor continued, "I was like, 'Makeup!' No, but it was like . . . I was like, whoa, every actor on this set was taking it really, really seriously." Will, however, did not name the actor he was talking about.

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The American historical film featured Will as Peter, an enslaved man in the state of Louisiana in the 1869s, who, after a close brush with death, escaped from his plantation. William N. Collage wrote the movie with Antoine Fuqua as its director.

"Emancipation" has ties to a real-life event and is loosely based on the life of a former slave named Gordon, whose photographs featuring his heavily scarred bare back circulated in 1863. The pictures were used as proof to show the cruelty of slavery and push the abolitionist movement at the time.

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Besides Will, Charmaine Bingwa and Ben Foster were also featured in the film. It was first screened on October 1 in Washington, and on December 2, it was released to select cinemas. "Emancipation" was released on Apple TV+ on December 9. The studio paid $130 million for the rights to the movie.

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Will Smith Says It's Fine If People Don't Watch His New Movies

In an earlier interview with Fox 5's "Good Day DC," Will revealed that he completely understood people that were too uncomfortable to watch "Emancipation." In response to the host, Kevin McCarthy, asking him what he would say to people who are not comfortable.

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Will said, "I completely understand that if someone is not ready, I would absolutely respect that and allow them their space to not be ready. My deepest concern is my team — [director Antoine Fuqua] has done what I think is the greatest work of his entire career."

The actor admitted that he hoped his actions during the 2022 Oscars did not negatively affect the movie's reception enough to penalize the team.

He continued, "I'm hoping that the material — the power of the film, the timeliness of the story — I'm hoping that the good that can be done would open people's hearts at a minimum to see and recognize and support the incredible artists in and around this film."

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After the Oscar incident, Will received punishment from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his actions. The actor was banned from participating in all Academy events for the decade and had several ongoing projects at the time shut down.

Will joined Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Trevor Noah" in November and revealed that he had a lot of pent-up rage that seemed to explode that night. "I was gone," the actor said. "That was a rage that had been bottled for a really long time."

Will continued, "That was a horrific night, as you can imagine. There's many nuances and complexities to it, you know, but at the end of the day, I just — I lost it, and I guess what I would say [is] you just never know what somebody's going through."

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While the actor did not say what the exact issue was, he revealed that it was "a lot of things."

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