Fresh out of the news that Netflix just dropped their own Will Smith project, comes the news that bad boys 4 has been “paused”.
From the far left Hollywood journalist:
Is there an immediate effect on his projects? Well, here’s a tidbit we heard this week: bad boys 4 was in active development and Smith received 40 pages of the script before the Oscars incident, our sources say. Now there will be a…pause…in the work as things unfold, we were told.
After bad boys for life (2020) surprise hit – $427 million worldwide gross – Sony was pretty sure it had a franchise on its hands, something it could turn into its own fast furious universe.
The unexpected success of bad boys 3 was also good news for Smith, whose days as a box office powerhouse had drastically diminished. He was also the rare big-name star without a major franchise to keep him on the A-list.
Yes, everything was going Will Smith’s way. A big franchise, a big Best Actor Oscar win, a high-profile slavery photo about to hit Apple, growing success as a producer (Cobra Kai, etc.)… Sunday should have been the crowning glory, the triumph of Will Smith’s 30-year career. But instead, he chose to dishonor himself in a way that no major star has ever dishonored himself.
On live television, Will Smith physically assaulted a much smaller man who posed no threat to him or his wife.
Smith’s assault on Chris Rock was unprovoked. It was on a joke, and 40 minutes later it was followed by the farcical spectacle of Smith holding his Best Actor Oscar and crying for five minutes about how he’s God’s vessel. After the ceremony, things got even more grotesque when Smith danced the night away to his own music.
And now everything is falling apart…
Smith was forced to resign from the Motion Picture Academy. Netflix puts Smith’s projects on turnaround. Sony thinks twice before spending $350 million to produce and promote a Will Smith franchise movie.
And why wouldn’t they?
How do you promote a $300 million movie starring a guy who assaulted a guy at the Oscars without all of the promotion being about your star assaulting a guy at the Oscars?
The only way Will Smith will get out of this is for the American people to think he’s taken his medicine, suffered enough, and deserves a second chance. The audience also needs to believe that Smith truly repents of this assault and not just say so…
If I were Will Smith, I would pray that the Academy expelled me permanently. I would also make amends to Chris Rock, his family, and everyone whose Big Night was ruined by the slap. And then I hope the news of this private sensitization got leaked to the media.
Oh, and instead of posting statements filled with selfish words like “heartbroken,” I would start using words like “shame.”
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