Will Smith glimpses the light at the end of the tunnel

Undoubtedly, when the end of the year is reached and the most relevant moments of the year are highlighted, in the world of celluloid and entertainment there will hardly be anything more relevant than ‘The Slap’. With this term, the embarrassing episode that took place at the Oscar Awards that earned Chris Rock a slap from an irate Will Smith after a comment by the comedian about Jada Pinkett has gone down in history.

Since then much has been said and written about it and, obviously, it has been Will Smith who has had to pay the highest price. Since the attack on Rock took place, Will Smith has lived a real ordeal. Despite apologizing and assuming his mistake on different occasions, the wind has not stopped blowing against. Subjected to public ridicule, the actor resigned as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but it did not help him avoid being punished by prohibiting him from attending any event or program, in person or virtually, for the next 10 years.

But if that wasn’t enough, Will Smith has suffered in its flesh the scourge of the so-called culture of cancellation. An increasingly widespread practice that supposes, for practical purposes, ostracism for those who suffer it for an action or comment considered inappropriate. And it is that, since he slapped Chris Rock, at least five projects in which he participated have been canceled or postponed.

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The episode of the slap continues to make people talk.brian snyderREUTERS

New project?

Nevertheless, as Deadline reveals, it seems that there is light at the end of the tunnel for the actor. Waiting to find out what will happen to emancipationa tape in which he plays a runaway slave who fights for his freedom in the dangerous swamps of Louisiana and whose premiere Apple froze despite having been shot in 2021, it seems that Will Smith could return to the interpretation of the hand Sharmeen Obaid Chinoyfilmmaker who has won four Emmys and two Oscars, and Paramount in brilliance.

At the moment, the actor is one of the producers and the study is seriously considering the possibility of granting him the starring role. Based on the best seller namesake of Marcus Sakey, the feature film would focus on the figure of Nick Cooper, a federal agent in charge of finding and executing criminals who use their powers in a world in which 1% of newborns have extraordinary abilities. A new fantastic saga in the making that could mean the actor’s return to work.

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