Actor Will Smith says after his famous Oscar win earlier this year, audiences will know he's not ready to see him on the big screen.
On Monday, Smith spoke with FOX 5 DC's Kevin McCarthy about his new movie, Emancipation , which opens in theaters on December 2 and will air on Apple TV+ on December 9.
This is the comedian's first major project since he bashed Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars in March after making a joke about Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
After the incident, Smith publicly apologized to The Rock and was banned from the Oscars for 10 years . Even if Smith is kicked out of the Academy, he still deserves to be nominated and win.
When asked what he would say to those who aren't ready to see him on the big screen after Cela, Smith said he respects his choice but hopes his personal commitments don't detract from his hard work. .
"I fully understand that if someone is unprepared, I fully respect that and allow them to take their seats unprepared," McCarthy said. "My biggest concern is my team…all the guys on this team have done some great things in their careers and I really hope my actions don't penalize my team."
"The material of the film, the power of the film, the importance of the story, you know, the good that can be done, I hope to at least open people's hearts and see and accept and support the incredible. The artists in and around this film," Smith added.
"Emancipation" revolves around Smith's character, Peter, a slave who escapes from a Louisiana plantation and heads north. Apple said the film was based on a 1863 photograph of a bare-knuckle man being mutilated by his slaves, a gruesome image that helped solidify public opinion against slavery.