'The only solution is prayer': Denzel Washington reports praying with Will Smith after slapping incident

At the Oscars ceremony last Sunday, actor Will Smith slapped Chris Rock after he made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. An act of violence that made noise. Denzel Washington is one of the first people to have exchanged with the actor after this incident, they notably prayed together. 

Will Smith stunned the audience at the 94th Academy Awards, which took place on Sunday, March 27, when he took the stage to slap Chris Rock, one of the evening's presenters.

In question, a joke about the shaved head of the wife of Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith suffering from alopecia, a disease which causes significant hair loss.

Later in the evening, Will Smith returned with emotion to this incident in his acceptance speech after receiving the Oscar for best actor for his role in "The Williams Method". In particular, he mentioned the lyrics which he exchanged with actor Denzel Washington immediately after the slap.

“Denzell said to me a few minutes ago, 'In your best times, be careful – that's when the devil tries to get a hold of you,' he said to applause. public.

Interviewed by the media Deadline, Denzel Washington returned to this exchange to detail his remarks.

"There's a saying that when the devil ignores you, then you know you're doing something wrong," he explained.

"The devil says, 'Oh, no, leave him alone, that's my favorite.' Conversely, when the devil comes to you, it may be because you are trying to do something good,” the actor continued, adding that he believes, “for some reason, the devil s grabbed hold of [Will Smith] that night".

He also said he then prayed with the actor believing that it was the only solution in this situation.

“Who are we to condemn? I don't know all the ins and outs of this situation, but I do know that the only solution was prayer. It's the way I saw it. It's the way I see it. »

The following Monday, Will Smith issued a public apology to Chris Rock in a post published on Instagram.

“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of place and I was wrong. I'm embarrassed and my actions weren't indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness. »

Camille Westphal Perrier

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