It was one of the most anticipated reactions since Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the 94th Academy Awards. Denzel Washington was seen talking with the Oscar-winning comedian minutes later. On Saturday, April 2, 2022, at a leadership summit hosted by evangelical Christian pastor T.D. Jakes in Charlotte, he agreed to break the silence, as reported by the Huffington Post. “There’s a saying that when the devil ignores you, then you know you’re doing something wrong,” the actor, who was nominated for best actor for The Tragedy of Macbeth, said at the Oscars. . “The devil says, ‘Oh no, leave him alone, that’s my favorite’ (laughs). Conversely, when the devil comes to you, it may be because he’s trying to make something good. And for some reason the devil got a hold of him (Will Smith) that night.”
Denzel Washington was also asked about what he was able to exchange with Will Smith and Tyler Perry just after the acting out of the actor. He revealed that they had prayed. It was “a few prayers. I don’t want to say what we talked about,” he said, before asking himself: “Who are we to condemn? I don’t know all the ins and outs of this situation, but I know that the only solution was prayer, that’s the way I saw it”.
Will Smith prayed with Denzel Washington
As a reminder, Friday April 1, 2022, Will Smith made the decision to resign from the Academy of Oscars, no doubt anticipating the sanction that would have been imposed on him.
Tyler Perry, and Will Smith and Denzel Washington © Zuma Press