Serena Williams Teases ‘King Richard’ Sequel After Will Smith Slap

Serena Williams and Will Smith
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Never say never. After King Richard‘s Oscars win was overshadowed by Will SmithSlapping Chris Rock, Serena WilliamsShe said that she would be interested to hear more stories about her family.

King RichardIt was a perfect end Venus [Williams]on the tennis court. Venus goes in her direction, and I go in my direction,” Serena, 40, explained during an interview with InsiderFriday, April 15 “It’s two completely different stories.”

Serena, a professional tennis player, noted that a possible continuation would show the contrasts between her and Venus, 41. “I had a rough journey,” Serena added. “I didn’t do well and then I did. It’s a lot of drama. It’s a telenovela.”

In 2021 King RichardExplore the true story behind Richard Williams‘ successful attempt to raise his daughters into gifted athletes. Smith, 53 was cast as the patriarch, and he received critical acclaim.

The Philadelphia native, who was also a producer, made headlines last month when he was involved with an altercation during the 94th Academy Awards. Late last month, Rock, 57, made a joke about Jada pinkett SmithFeatured in G.I. Jane 2Because of her shaved heads. Pinkett Smith, 50-year-old Pinkett Smith with alopecia, rolled their eyes before Smith approached and slapped her.

“Will Smith just smacked the s—t out of me,” the South Carolina native said in footage that later surfaced online. After the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum walked back to his seat, he yelled for Rock to “keep my wife’s name out your f—king mouth.”

Smith used his acceptance speech as an opportunity to apologize. “Oh, man. Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family,” the Hitchstar, shortly after he won for his performance in, said during an emotional acceptance speech King Richard. “I’m being called on in my life to love people and to protect people and to be a river to my people. I know that to do what you do, you have to be able take abuse. You must be able to make people rave about you. You must be able to take people’s disrespect in this business. And you got to smile, you got to pretend like that’s OK.”

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The Academy Award winner concluded: “I want to apologize to the academy. I would like to apologize to all of my fellow nominees. … Art imitates life: I look like the crazy father. As Richard Williams said. Love will make you do crazy stuff. …Thank you for this moment. Also, Richard Williams and the entire Williams family would like to thank you. Thank you. I hope the academy invites me back.”

Serena posted an Instagram Story video shortly after the incident that showed her wide-eyed reaction. “I just sat down ’cause I was like, ‘I gotta put that drink down,’” she wrote in a second clip.

Richard, for his part, questioned Smith’s actions on camera through his son Chavoita LeSane. “We don’t know all the details of what happened,” the tennis coach’s son told NBC NewsI spoke on his behalf at that time. “But we don’t condone anyone hitting anyone else unless it’s in self-defense.”

After the Men in BlackStar issued another apology via social media directly at Rock, and later announced his resignation as an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences member.

“My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable,” Smith said in a statement on April 1, according to Variety. “The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home. I betrayed the trust of the Academy.”

The Academy President later confirmed that Smith had been banned from all Oscars events in 10 years. “The 94th Oscars were meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who did incredible work this past year; however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage,” a letter sent by Academy President David RubinCEO Dawn Hudson read. “During our telecast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. We are sorry for this. This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we fell short — unprepared for the unprecedented.”

Smith immediately responded to his punishment by stating in a statement that he was sorry. Page Six: “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”

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