Managing Editor Antoine Fuqua reacts to fans associating the film with Will Smith’s slap

The last time we saw Will Smith in a movie setting was at King RichardWhere he played Richard Williams, father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams. The role earned Smith an Academy Award for Best Actor earlier this year, but it was at the same awards show that the actor scored more attention for slapping Chris Rock on stage after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s appearance. Smith has now started promoting his next movie, Releaseand its director Antoine Fuqua, responded to related fans Release With an Oscar smack.

There’s just under a month left until Apple TV+ subscribers can stream ReleaseBut the movie’s publicity campaign is in full swing. This includes Will Smith and Antoine Fuqua speaking with Vanity FairAnd while Smith declined to answer a question about the Oscars incident, Fuqua told the following outlet:

The movie for me is bigger than that moment. Four hundred years of slavery is greater than one moment. I hope people see it that way, watch the movie, and get swept away by the fantastic performance by Will and all the real hard work by the entire crew.

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