- Will Smith gave a rare new interview after the Oscars slap
- He spoke to Trevor Noah about the infamous night
- Smith also addressed how the incident may affect his new film
Will Smith says "bottled rage" led to the Oscars slap. Deadline reports that Smith appeared on The Daily Show on Nov. 28 to promote his new movie, Emancipation.
He also addressed slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars. "I was gone, dude. That was a rage that had been bottled for a really long time," Will Smith told The Daily Show.
"I was going through something that night. That doesn't justify my behavior at all," Smith added. "I understood the idea when they say hurt people hurt people."
Will Smith is talking all about "the slap" in new interviews
Daily Show host Trevor Noah came to Smith's defense, saying, "everybody can make a mistake" and that's "not who you are."
Noah's comments brought Smith to tears, and the actor said, "I understand how shocking it was to people."
In another interview with Kevin McCarthy of FOX 5's Good Day DC, Smith said he realizes some people may not want to see his new movie because of his behavior.
"I completely understand — if someone is not ready, I would absolutely respect that and allow them their space to not be ready," Will Smith said on Good Day DC.
"The people on this team have done some of the best work of their entire careers, and my deepest hope is that my actions don’t penalize my team.
"At this point, that's what I'm working for," the actor explained.
See more in the video above.