• Martin Ballard

Will Smith goes all ‘Hancock’ on Chris Rock

Watching the The 94th Academy Awards you could be forgiven in thinking Will Smith was portraying his old bad superhero character in its last hour.

Chris Rock took the stage as a presenter to unveil the recipient of Best Documentary Feature; but you know, Chris Rock isn’t going to arrive quietly and he made a few jokes here and there, including one about Jada Pinkett Smith's haircut—a result of her very public battle with alopecia, and has been public for four years.

The #AcademyAwards do need help to make front page news but this was genuine. Will Smith then got out of his seat and took to the stage, slapping Rock before returning to his seat.

Though ABC silenced the audio, Smith could be seen yelling "Keep my wife's name out of your f-cking mouth," as Rock tried to continue his piece.

Here‘a the clip doing the rounds as we speak, and it’s unclear whether it’s going further yet - but where do you stand on this? is Smith protecting his wife from the trash talking Rock? Is he out of order and violence is never the answer? Should he have waited till the cameras had gone? So many questions… Let’s just watch and decide for ourselves…

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