A host of A-list celebs have thrown their arms around an emotional Will Smith following his explosion at the Oscars.
The I Am Legend star lashed out at Chris Rock after the comedian made Smith’s wife’s hairstyle the punchline of a joke – likening her to GI Jane.
In that 1997 flick, actress Demi Moore’s character shaved her head. Jada Pinkett Smith, who sported a shaved head at the 94th Academy Awards, has struggled with alopecia and previously revealed her hair loss struggle.
Smith stormed the stage and appeared to strike Rock to the face before returning to his seat and shouting: “Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth.”
Denzel Washington and Bradley Cooper were among the stars to comfort the actor during a commercial break.
“During the commercial break, Will Smith is pulled aside and comforted by Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry, who motion for him to brush it off,” columnist Scott Feinberg shared on Twitter, together with a short clip.
“Will appears to wipe tears from his eyes as he sits back down with Jada, with Denzel comforting Jada and Will’s rep by his side.”
Cooper embraces the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star on multiple occasions.
Smith was soon back up on stage after one of the most unusual moments in Oscars history to accept his award for best actor for playing the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams in King Richard.
In a bizarre acceptance speech, given his earlier actions, Smith said people in showbiz needed to be able to take abuse.
“I know to do what we do, you got to be able to take abuse,” Smith said.
“You got to be able to have people talk crazy about you in this business. You got to be able to have people disrespecting you and you got to smile and you got pretend like that’s OK.”
Smith went on to apologise for his actions, and insisted he wasn’t crying because of his win.
“I want to apologise to the Academy, to all my fellow nominees this is a beautiful moment and I’m not crying for winning an award, it’s not about winning an award for me, it’s about being able to shine a light,” he said.
Smith added: “Art imitates life, I look like the crazy father, just like they said about Richard Williams.”
“Love will make you do crazy things.”