Will Smith has a historical past of being protecting over his spouse, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Greater than 20 years earlier than the Recent Prince of Bel-Air alum, 54, informed Chris Rock to “maintain my spouse’s identify out your f—king mouth” on the 2022 Oscars, actor Tommy Davidson claimed that he and Smith had a “run-in” due Davidson and Pinkett Smith’s kissing scene within the 1998 movie Woo.
“He got here into the trailer, and I used to be sitting down,” Davidson, 59, recalled on the Wednesday, October 11, episode of Shannon Sharpe’s “Membership Shay Shay” podcast of the incident. “He’s standing over me, and he’s like, ‘I don’t recognize that, man. I don’t recognize that.’ And I’m like, ‘What you speaking about?’ I all the time know to play it off,” the comic recalled.
The comic continued: “I’m like, ‘What’s occurring man? Inform me what’s occurring.’ And since he was standing and I used to be sitting, I used to be an actual good fella. That’s about physics.”
Davidson mentioned that whereas he didn’t know what was responsible for Smith so indignant, he needed to unravel it. “Lastly I simply mentioned, ‘This can be a small place and persons are right here, we should always discuss it, me and also you, exterior, ‘trigger it appears like you might want to get one thing off your chest,’” he defined. For her half, Pinkett Smith — who was additionally within the room — was adamant that they didn’t converse privately.
In truth, Davidson didn’t discover out the explanation behind Smith’s confrontation till greater than 20 years later. Earlier than referencing the incident in his 2020 memoir, Dwelling in Coloration: What’s Humorous About Me, Davidson needed to get permission first. “I came upon about literature which you can’t put one thing in a ebook about someone except they log out,” he mentioned.
Davidson despatched the quotes from the ebook to a pal of Smith’s who not solely permitted the passages however defined that Smith had been upset about Davidson and Pinkett Smith’s kissing scene in Woo.
Whereas the onscreen kiss was a deliberate a part of the script, Davidson recalled producers requested that they carry out the scene forward of schedule, earlier than the 2 actors had an opportunity to rehearse it. Davidson refused at first, however after producers informed him that Pinkett Smith was OK with it, he agreed.
“When feelings is excessive, widespread sense is at an all-time low,” Davidson mentioned of Smith’s response to the unplanned kiss.
The Smiths, who tied the knot in 1997 — one yr earlier than Woo’s launch — as soon as once more discovered their marriage taking middle stage many years later.
Smith — who shares son Jaden, 25, and daughter Willow, with Pinkett Smith, and son Trey, 30, whom he shares with ex Sheree Zampino — got here underneath hearth after slapping Rock throughout the face on the 2022 Oscars after the comic, 58, made a joke about Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. (The Crimson Desk Discuss host, for her half, has been open about her battle with alopecia, which causes hair loss.)
The incident not solely led to backlash towards Smith, who was banned from the Academy following the drama, but in addition Pinkett Smith — who was blamed by some for inflicting the problem within the first place.
“It was ridiculous in how far it went,” Pinkett Smith informed Individuals in an interview revealed on Thursday, October 12, in regard to the rumors that the slap was by some means her fault. “However I additionally understood on the similar time, contemplating the false narrative that I had cheated on Will or I used to be, like, some adulteress.”
Earlier this week, Pinkett Smith additionally revealed that she and Smith have been separated since 2016 however are engaged on their marriage.