After the attack on Chris Rock at this year’s Oscars, Will Smith will seek expert help to deal with stress at a celebrity rehab clinic. The American actor was the star of the Academy Awards night when he slapped the comedian after he made a joke about the shaved hair of the actor’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia.
This moment had such repercussions that, as reported by the British newspaper ‘The Sun’, the artist will spend some time in a rehabilitation clinic. “The impact of the backlash has hit Will hard, so he will be getting help on dealing with stress,” explained the newspaper.
“It will be a high-level retreat”
“This is unquestionably the battle of his career. It will be a high-end retreat used by the rich and famous and he will be doing a lot of soul searching and working out how he can move forward,” continued telling’ The Sun’.
Will Smith hopes, according to the newspaper’s source, to return in time to save his career and reputation. Recall that, after the official apology, the actor has already been dismissed from the Academy of Motion Picture Oscars after the assault.
“I resign my membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will accept any other consequences that management deems appropriate,” Will Smith said in a statement.
For its part, the awards organization opened a disciplinary file against the performer for “inappropriate physical contact, abusive or threatening conduct and compromising the integrity of the Academy.”
Has Will Smith been cancelled?
Will Smith may have won the Best Actor prize at the Oscar for his performance in ‘King Richard’, but there is going to be a meeting on Friday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to determine whether it should be stripped from him following the debacle involving Chris Rock at the Oscars ceremony.
In fact, the last time that the Academy decided to rescind an award was over 50 years ago, as the documentary ‘Young Americans’ won an award in 1969 but had actually been released in 1967. It is also worth bearing in mind that Will Smith has already resigned from the Academy.
One knock-on effect of Will Smith slapping Chris Rock is that Netflix and Sony have suspended the production of two films that the former ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ star was shooting: ‘Fast and Loose’ and ‘Bad Boys 4’.
“His brand is currently damaged goods worldwide,” public relations expert Mike Paul told The New York Times when asked about Will Smith. It could be a while before we see Will Smith appearing in another film.