Terry Crews Sees Both Sides of Oscars Slap, Says He’s ‘Done Worse’ Than Will Smith

Posted 2022/04/23 7 0

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews has an interesting perspective on the infamous Oscars slap scandal as a Hollywood star who regrettably has his own history of trying to solve problems through violence. While promoting his new memoir, Tough, Crews spoke with THR about the controversial situation. As the millions watching live saw that night, Smith had smacked Chris Rock on the head over a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, resulting in heavy backlash and a 10-year Oscars ban for Smith.

For his part, it was difficult to watch from both sides, as Crews is good friends with both Smith and Rock, previously co-starring with the latter on Everybody Hates Chris. With that said, he understands Smith’s reaction to the joke, as Crews recalls doing much worse himself. He describes how his wife made him promise to change after one such incident which apparently involved a man getting slammed onto concrete by Crews.

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“Both Will Smith and Chris Rock are dear, dear friends of mine. I love them both as brothers, but there was a time in my life [where] I was Will Smith at that moment and let me tell you, I’ve done worse than Will — way overkill, just … the punishment did not fit the crime. Like people were like, ‘What in the world are you doing?’ My wife even had to be like, ‘You got to promise me you will never go off like this. You did not need to pick this man up and put him on his head, on the concrete.’ The minute I did it, I regretted it. I was like, ‘Why did I do this?’ I couldn’t control myself. I literally had no control”

Crews then recalls how he had a more controlled reaction to the night he was allegedly assaulted by WME agent Adam Venit, concluding that this actually “saved” his life. The actor then expresses heavy gratitude to Rock for how he similarly had a controlled reaction when he was smacked by Smith on the Oscars stage, arguing that this actually makes the comedian exhibit the “true definition of toughness.” As Crews puts it:

“The time that I was Chris was the time that saved my life. These things are tough — and this is another thing: The definition of toughness where I grew up and the way I was, it was always the ability to strike, the ability to punch, the ability to set things straight, to even the score. But the true definition of toughness was what Chris did in taking a punch and then holding everything together and then showing tremendous endurance and resilience in the middle of obstacles.”

Terry Crews Says Chris Rock’s Reaction Saved Hollywood

Many have commended Chris Rock for keeping the show going and laughing off getting slapped by the King Richard actor as best as he could. Terry Crews imagines how much worse things could have gone if Rock were to have reacted in anger, potentially escalating the situation. The actor in fact credits his Everybody Hates Chris co-star for basically saving Hollywood.

“I think it was a miracle what Chris did. I really do. I couldn’t believe his poise in that moment. I thought, holy cow, we owe him a lot. I think every performer owes him so much because it just really saved Hollywood in that moment. I’m very thankful to Chris, but also I understand Will. I’m not [one] to demonize Will at all because I was there.”

Terry Crews’ memoir, Tough, releases on April 26, 2022.


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