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Will Smith says he was spat on by a co-star while filming Emancipation

Ali Condon

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Will Smith says he was spat on by a co-star while filming Emancipation

So... Will Smith has just shared that one of his co-stars spat on him while filming for his upcoming movie Emancipation.

The film sees Will play Peter, a slave who flees a Louisiana plantation and begin his torturous journey north, away from the cold-blooded hunters on his heels.

It sounds like someone on set might have gotten a little bit too swept up in their role, though, since spitting on Will Smith definitely wasn't in the script.



Will, 54, spoke about the filming process with his three kids Trey, 30, Jaden, 24, and Willow Smith, 22, in the latest episode of their family show Red Table Talk, when he brought up the intense scene.

"It's just the weight of this story, the weight of these experiences, the quality of these actors. It was emotionally, it was physically, it was spiritually taxing.

“One of the first days on set, there is a scene with one of the actors and he leans down in my face and says, ‘You a cold one, ain’t you?’ and then he ad-libbed...,” Will said, before turning to his daughter and miming spitting on her.

The actor then reenacted his horrified reaction to the unexpected spit, getting a laugh out of his three kids.


"I was like, ‘Makeup!’ No, but it was like... Whoa, every actor on this set was taking it really, really seriously.”

I'm glad Will took that spit so well, because I definitely wouldn't have.

Then again, this is the first film he starred in after his infamous Chris Rock slap - so maybe Will is trying to turn the other cheek.

Emancipation is Will's first film since the Oscars slap. Credit: Apple TV
Emancipation is Will's first film since the Oscars slap. Credit: Apple TV

At the premiere, Will told reporters that having Emancipation be his first film after the controversial Oscars moment was 'poetic perfection.'

He told The Hollywood Reporter: “I thought it would be a necessary reminder of some of the roads we have gone down as a country in the past, to potentially avert any of those similar paths.

“To have a movie like this in this time for me, and even this time in my life is poetic perfection.”

It was one of the biggest pop culture moments of the year, when Chris Rock hosted the coveted ceremony and made a joke at Jada Pinkett-Smith.


Chris cracked a lot of jokes at the expense of the audience that night, but in hindsight, suggesting that Jada's shaved head made her look like 'GI Jane' wasn't the best move.

Because, seconds later, Will stormed the stage and planted a heavy slap on Rock, before telling the comedian to keep his wife's name out of his f**king mouth.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Featured Image Credit: Everett Collection Inc / Alamy Stock Photo / Apple Original Films

Topics: Will Smith, TV and Film, Celebrity

Ali Condon
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