Kevin Hart says Will Smith is in a “better space” now than he was in the fallout of the Oscars and is ready to “move forward”.
The ‘DC League of Super-Pets’ actor explained his pal is still “apologetic” after slapping Chris Rock on stage over a joke the comic made about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, but is ready to “move forward” and not live on the past.
Kevin told ‘Entertainment Tonight’: “Will is remorseful, you know, he’s in a better space, of course, than what he was after.
“People are human and as humans occasionally we make mistakes. So it’s not about talking about the past, it’s about admitting the present and doing your best to move forward.”
Kevin is also friendly with Chris and hopes the pair can put their differences behind them.
He said: “I can get only hope that the two of them find a way to find some relief in that and move past it.
“I just like good courage. I love to see people be the best.
“I still love him, I still love Chris, and, you know, you can’t judge a person by one thing. Eventually, life goes on and people grow, so permit him to do so.”
Will – who has been married to Jada since 1997 – previously interpreted his behavior at the Oscars as “shocking, painful, and inexcusable”.
As a result of his actions, the ‘Men in Black’ actor withdrew from the Academy after publishing an apology.
He said: “My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were surprising, painful, and unforgivable. The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home. I betrayed the trust of the Academy.”
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also published the ‘King Richard’ actor would be vetoed from attending any of their events, both virtually and in person, for 10 years.