Will Smith’s Oscar slap didn’t derail Emancipation’s release, says director

Emancipation was always coming to theaters and Apple TV Plus despite Will Smith’s conduct at the Oscars.

In an interview with Variety, director Antoine Fuqua talked about the fallout of Smith slapping Chris Rock at the awards show but pushed back against the idea that the incident should stop the film from being released. Fuqua said that “the film to me is bigger than that moment. Four hundred years of slavery is bigger than one moment. My hope is that people will see it that way and watch the movie and be swept away with the great performance by Will and all the real hard work that the whole crew did.”

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