Denzel Washington has shared his thoughts on Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at Sunday night’s Oscars after he was seen consoling the Oscar winner following the incident.
“Well, there’s a saying, ‘When the devil ignores you, then you know you’re doing something wrong,'” Washington began Saturday morning during a discussion about his career and his faith with the author and Bishop TD Jakes at his leadership summit, Variety reports.
“The devil says, ‘Oh no, leave him alone, that’s my favorite,'” he continued. “Conversely, when the devil attacks you, it may be because he is trying to do something, right? And for some reason the devil took hold of that circumstance that night.
Washington, Tyler Perry, Bradley Cooper and more were seen talking to Smith during the commercial break that followed the actor punching Rock in the face for a GI Jane prank aimed at his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
During Will’s acceptance speech for Best Actor, Smith thanked Washington for sharing these wise words: “At your highest moment, be careful, that’s where the devil comes for you.”
The ‘Tragedy of Macbeth’ star continued: ‘Luckily there were people there. Not just me, but others, Tyler Perry, immediately came over there with me. [Said] some prayers.
“I don’t want to say what we talked about, but there, but for the grace of God, go ahead, any of us. Who are we to condemn? I don’t know all the ins and outs of the situation, but I do know that the only solution was prayer, in my opinion,” Washington added.
Smith’s actions resulted in the actor’s resignation from the Academy in a statement released Friday. He also apologized to Rock for the incident.
“Violence in all its forms is toxic and destructive. My behavior at the Oscars last night was unacceptable and inexcusable.
New York Post