Will Smith describes his ‘traumatic’ past in a pre-Oscars interview

Will Smith Details Struggle Protect Family PreOscars Interview

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A prescient thought? Will Smith opened up about protecting his family in an interview taped ahead of his headline-grabbing performance at the 2022 Oscars.

That Ali The 53-year-old star detailed the insights that led to his two-year hiatus from acting in a Season 4 episode of Netflix My next guest needs no introduction with David Lettermanthe one on Friday the 20th

“I wasn’t as unhappy as everything kind of lost its luster,” explained the Oscar winner. “I think it is humanity’s natural journey when we realize that the material world is totally, utterly and utterly unable to sustain our happiness.”

As a host David Letterman Clarifying that Smith felt nothing could give him satisfaction “except the essentials of protecting yourself and your family,” the Philadelphia native replied, “You can’t protect your family, can you? That’s not real.”

The “Miami” rapper went on to say that he’s learned to accept the fact that all of his achievements could vanish in an instant. “Protection and safety are an illusion,” he added. “You have to learn to live with reality [at] any moment it can all be gone in a second. So with this reality how can you be here? And how can you be happy and be here?”

Will Smith Details Struggle Protect Family PreOscars Interview
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A disclaimer at the beginning of the episode noted that it was filmed before the 2022 Academy Awards in March, at which Smith batted Chris Rock after the comedian, 57, made a joke about it Jada Pinkett-SmithHair. If the men in black Star picked up his Best Actor trophy later that night, he opened his speech by commenting on how Richard Williams was a “fierce defender of his family”. (Smith played Williams, now 80, in King Richard.)

“At this time in my life, at this moment, I am overwhelmed by what God is asking me to do and be in this world,” he said seven pounds Actor, who was later banned from the awards show for the next 10 years, continued. “I have to protect while shooting this film Aunjanue Ellis, who is one of the strongest and most tender people I have ever met. I have to protect saniya [Sidney] and demi [Singleton]the two actresses who play Venus and serena [Williams]. I am called in my life to love people. And to protect the people and be a river for my people.”

During his interview with Letterman, 75, Smith revealed that some of his recent introspection stemmed from the death of his father, Willard Carroll Smith Sr., in 2016. “That was the first time I felt like I could speak freely about my experiences,” the Gemini man star explained.

That Fresh Prince of Bel Air Alum also spoke about his 2021 memoir, Will, in which he discussed how his parents’ relationship shaped him as an adult.

“When I was 9 years old, I saw my father beat up my mother and I did nothing,” Smith told the former late show Host. “And that just left a traumatic impression of me as a coward.”

That Wild, wild west star found he was able to use his emotional revelations in his work. “Life is so exciting for me right now because I’m able to reach out to people in a different way than I ever have before, mostly because of my pain,” he said. “I’m really ready to immerse myself in my art in ways that I think will hopefully fulfill me and help the human family.”

Season 4 of My next guest needs no introduction with David Letterman now streaming on Netflix.

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