Will Smith with an action thriller put on hold by Netflix

The troubles seem far from over for Will Smith after his recent controversy at the Academy shocked everyone. The Oscar-winning actor who won Best Picture for King Richard landed in hot soup after physically assaulting Chris Rock on stage. The 57-year-old comedian, who was the host of the 94th Academy Awards, had made a joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s alopecia, triggering Smith to attack Rock much to everyone’s terror.

Despite winning his first-ever Oscar, Smith’s actions overshadowed his triumph and cast a cloud over the entire ceremony, which drew heavy criticism from many popular celebrities. As a result, the Academy had to call an emergency meeting to decide on the appropriate punitive action to take against the actor. To make matters worse, the actor would have been asked by the Academy to leave the ceremony to which he had refused. Although the actor has since apologized, the damage is done. Earlier this week, Smith announced his resignation from the Academy, which was immediately accepted by the committee. However, the Academy will still continue its course of disciplinary measures against the actor which will be decided on April 18.

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Netflix Puts Will Smith Starring Fast and Loose on Hold

After the shocking controversy, the road to redemption doesn’t seem easy for the disgraced actor. Earlier this week, bad boys 4 was announced to be put on hold in light of recent events. the Bad Boys franchise that was crucial in shaping the actor’s stellar career has now halted the upcoming sequel. Now streaming giant Netflix has also put Fast and loose waiting which has Will Smith in the lead role.

The action-thriller starring Smith was previously slated to be directed by David Leitch. However, the John Wick director left the project to focus on Scapegoat with Universal Pictures starring Ryan Gosling. But after last week’s controversy, it’s reported that the film may be shelved.

Will Smith with Fast and Loose suspended by Netflix
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Will Smith resigns from the Academy

Netflix puts Fast and Loose on hold
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The 94th Academy Awards marked a milestone in celebrating the best in cinema. For the first time in history, Troy Kotsur, a deaf actor, won the award for Best Supporting Actor. Similarly, Jane Campion also became the third female director to win Best Director for The power of the dog. Ariana DeBose also became the first Afro-Latin queer actress to win Best Supporting Actress for her role in West Side Story. But sadly, those defining moments in history were overshadowed by Smith’s outburst. As a result, the actor officially resigned from the Academy. Here is his statement:

“My actions during the presentation of the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful and inexcusable. The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, everyone who are in attendance and a global audience at home. I have betrayed the trust of the Academy. I have deprived the other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I have a heart I want to put the spotlight back on those who deserve recognition for their accomplishments and allow the Academy to return to the incredible work it does to support the creativity and art of filmmaking.

I have directly responded to the Academy’s Notice of Disciplinary Hearing and will fully accept all consequences of my conduct. My actions during the presentation of the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful and inexcusable.

“Therefore, I resign from membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and I will accept any other consequences the board deems appropriate.”

But bad boys 4 and Fast and loose have now been put on hold, Smith’s Emancipation, a slave escape movie on Apple+ is in post-production. However, it will come as no surprise if major studio houses decide to move away from the fresh prince star in the near future.

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