Will Smith says he’s changed after the infamous Oscars ‘slap’ in 2022. But his latest movie, “Bad Boys 4: Ride or Die”, which is a box office hit, just reignited tensions with Chris Rock, who was on the receiving end of the ‘slap’. 

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The film references the slap in a not-so-subtle way, which has not gone over well with Chris, and rightfully so, depending on how you read the on-screen portrayal. 


“Chris thinks it’s a pretty cheap stunt and he’s telling people how lame he finds it,” a source told, “In Touch.” 

“It’s a classic case of Will making light of a horrific situation. Will’s playing the victim. It was the lowest point of his career, but that’s no excuse.”

So it’s fair to say Chris has maintained a “low profile” since the incident but finds Will’s “attention-seeking” behavior nauseating, according to the source. “It aggravates him that people keep bringing it up. He suffered as much as Will has, and now Will has turned it into a funny scene in his movie. As far as Chris is concerned, it’s more proof that Will’s a total piece of work who deserves all the crap he’s gotten. Chris isn’t going to let it go. If there’s a way to get back at Will down the line, he’ll take it.”

ICYMI, the slap occurred while Chris, 59, presented the Best Documentary Feature award at the 2022 Oscars. Will, 55, reacted violently to a joke Chris made about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s shaved head, a result of her alopecia. After Chris said, “Jada, I love you. G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see it,” Will approached the stage, slapped Chris, and shouted, “Keep my wife’s name out your f–king mouth.” Yes, that happened. Most people are over it and have moved on but the Will Smith movie just injected some jet fuel into the controversy. 

Get this: as we mentioned, in “Bad Boys: Ride or Die,” released on June 7, there’s a scene that depicts Will’s character having a panic attack. Then Martin Lawrence’s character slaps him repeatedly. Right smack in his face at close range. Insert chuckle. Listen, it was a funny moment on-screen. Not the panic attack but the slapping parade! The film’s directors acknowledged the parallels, stating, “If you watch the movie, you see that there are some parallels between what’s happening in the movie and real life. It’s almost like a meta experience that Will, in the character of Mike Lowrey, goes through with some themes.”

Still chuckling. Sorry, it’s just funny. The whole art imitating life thing.