The Interview That Has Come Back To Haunt Will Smith

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By HARRISON BRANHAM

Will Smith hitting Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars has fans seeing the beloved actor in a new way. When Rock, a presenter at the ceremony, cracked a joke about Will's wife Jada Pinkett Smith, the "King Richard" actor interrupted the show to smack Rock on stage.

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Rock isn't the only person Smith has laid a hand on. In footage published by TMZ in 2012, Smith was seen swatting the face of a reporter who got too close on the red carpet of "Men In Black 3": "What the hell is your problem?" Smith asked the reporter before backhanding him.

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Smith recounted the incident in an interview with David Letterman. He said the reporter trying to hug and kiss him was some sort of prank or just the reporters "shtick": "They were like, 'Oh, no, we're sorry, you know. It's just his shtick, you know.' I said, 'Well, that's why his ass got shtuck.'"

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