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When Will Smith punched Chris Rock in the face during the Oscars, one thing came to Joan Collins’ mind.
On Wednesday, the actress appeared on “Daily Blast Live” and compared the slap being heard around the world to the on-screen catfight she had with co-star Linda Evans on “Dynasty.”
The glitzy soap opera, which also starred John Forsythe, ran from 1981 to 1989.
Collins revealed during his appearance that his show’s televised slap-fest was, in fact, the real deal.
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“It was not a [stunt] the double that fell in the water,” the 88-year-old explained. “It was me. In fact, I think that’s me most of the time because when I fell in the water, I had a big hat on and the hat flew off, which is kind of iconic. And it’s the worst dress I’ve ever worn in ‘Dynasty’, it’s just hideous I think. And we had to have six because we were doing so many catches in the water.”
“I think we only did the one that fell through,” Collins added.
The star noted that Evans, 79, didn’t hit as hard as he did on TV.
“Luckily it wasn’t too bad,” Collins said. “But it wasn’t exactly Chris. It wasn’t the one Chris Rock got.”
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Collins also addressed his alleged rivalry with Evans.
“I don’t understand why you think people who work together in a film or movie should be good friends,” she said. “Because very few people are.”
In April, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences banned Smith from the Oscars or any other Academy event for 10 years after the televised slap.
“The 94th Academy Awards were meant to be a celebration of the many people in our community who did an incredible job last year. However, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and damaging behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage” , said the Academy. in a report.
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“I accept and respect the Academy’s decision,” the actor replied. The 53-year-old preemptively resigned from the Academy ahead of their meeting, calling his actions “shocking, painful and inexcusable”.
Smith will keep the Oscar he won after the slap, and he will remain eligible to be nominated and win more during the 10-year period, although he cannot stand to accept them.
The Academy also apologized for handling the situation and allowing Smith to stay and accept his Best Actor award for “King Richard.”
“During our television broadcast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. For that, we are sorry,” the Academy said. “It was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we failed to deliver – unprepared for the unprecedented.”
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In a statement in the days following the Oscars, the Academy said Smith was asked to leave the ceremony but declined.
The Academy also expressed “deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for keeping his composure under extraordinary circumstances.”
At the March 27 Oscars, Rock came out to present the award for Best Documentary and made jokes about several contestants, including Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
“Jada, I love you. ‘GI Jane 2’, can’t wait to see it,” the 57-year-old comedian joked.
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Pinkett Smith, 50, who has spoken publicly about her hair loss condition, alopecia, had a clean-shaven head similar to that of Demi Moore in the 1997 film.
Smith emerged from his front row seat on stage and punched Rock, stunning the comedian, the theater crowd and the viewers at home.
Many thought it was a planned gag put in place by the show or the men themselves, but the seriousness of the situation set in after Smith returned to his seat and yelled twice. angrily to Rock for “not taking my wife’s name”. blocked.”
Rock said he had no interest in pressing charges when asked by police backstage.
Smith returned to the stage less than an hour later to accept his Oscar, tearfully apologizing to the Academy but notably omitting any mention of Rock. He compared himself to Richard Williams, the man he played in ‘King Richard’, “a fierce defender of his family”.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.