Famous Friends: Will Smith, 54, continued his acting comeback on Monday by sharing a star-studded photo from an Emancipation screening featuring Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Dave Chappelle, Tyler Perry and more

Dave Chappelle Backs Will Smith’s Return Despite Criticizing Him For Oscar Slap

Dave Chappelle has backed Will Smith’s comeback after his Oscar slap – less than two months after calling him “just as ugly as all of us” following the incident.

The comedian, 49, proudly posed with the Oscar-winning actor, 54, at a preview screening of his upcoming film Emancipation on Monday – despite slamming him for slapping Chris Rock, 57 , at the 2021 ceremony.

Chappelle and Smith joined a loved until Rihanna and A$AP Rocky, movie star Tyler Perry and more to pose for the fun shot.

Smith is trying to revive his career as he returns with his first major project since shocking Oscars viewers earlier this year when he slapped Rock onstage after making a misguided joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith .

All is forgiven?  Dave Chappelle (centre) has backed Will Smith's comeback after his Oscars slap - less than two months after calling him a

All is forgiven? Dave Chappelle (centre) has backed Will Smith’s comeback after his Oscars slap – less than two months after calling him ‘just as ugly as the rest of us’ following the incident

In September, Rock and Chappelle poked fun at Smith’s slap on the opening night of their UK tour.

Dave said: ‘Will made the impression of a perfect person for 30 years, and he ripped off his mask and showed us that he was as ugly as all of us.

“Whatever the consequences…I hope he doesn’t put his mask back on and lets his true face breathe.” I see myself in both men.

Chris previously said: ‘The mother hit me for a bulls joke, the best joke I’ve ever told.’

Shock moment: Smith is trying to revive his career as he returns with his first big project since shocking viewers at the Oscars earlier this year when he slapped Rock on stage

Shock moment: Smith is trying to revive his career as he returns with his first big project since shocking viewers at the Oscars earlier this year when he slapped Rock on stage

Friends again: The comedian, 49, proudly posed with the Oscar-winning actor, 54, at a preview screening of his upcoming film Emancipation on Monday – despite slamming him for slapping Chris Rock, 57, at the 2021 ceremony

Friends again: The comedian, 49, proudly posed with the Oscar-winning actor, 54, at a preview screening of his upcoming film Emancipation on Monday – despite slamming him for slapping Chris Rock, 57, at the 2021 ceremony

Independence Day star Smith’s onstage slap sent shockwaves around the world, with the star later saying he was infuriated by a joke Rock made about his wife’s lack of hair , which she had shaved to cover the hair loss she had suffered.

Despite sweeping the Oscars in controversy, Smith still won Best Actor for playing Venus and Serena Williams’ father in King Richard.

Also joining the celebration were Black-ish designer Kenya Barris, as well as music producer Corey Smyth and Will’s longtime friend Fawn Boardley, who also served as style director for him and his wife Jada Pinkett. Smith, 51, who did not appear. attended the screening.

The film appears to have sparked some deep conversations within the band, as a follow-up photo should have Chappelle standing with his back to the screen as he spoke to other audience members.

Smith’s latest film is a historical thriller directed by Antoine Fuqua, in which the Fresh Prince actor plays a slave named Peter who escapes from a Louisiana plantation and braves treacherous territory and slave hunters to save himself. travel north to the Union Territory, where he is able to join in the fight against the Confederacy.

The film was inspired by the life of a former slave immortalized in gruesome photos of his back, which was covered in cobwebbed keloid scars from repeated whippings.

Oh my goodness: In September, Rock and Chappelle laughed at Smith's slap on the opening night of their UK tour.  Dave said:

Oh my goodness: In September, Rock and Chappelle laughed at Smith’s slap on the opening night of their UK tour. Dave said: “Will made the impression of a perfect person for 30 years, and he ripped off his mask and showed us that he was as ugly as the rest of us”

Candid: Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, recently revealed that she suffers from alopecia and has shaved her head.  Rock joked during her hosting set that she looked like 'GI Jane'

Candid: Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, recently revealed that she suffers from alopecia and has shaved her head. Rock joked during her hosting set that she looked like ‘GI Jane’

Story: Smith's latest film is a historical thriller directed by Antoine Fuqua, in which the Fresh Prince actor plays a slave named Peter who escapes from a Louisiana plantation

Story: Smith’s latest film is a historical thriller directed by Antoine Fuqua, in which the Fresh Prince actor plays a slave named Peter who escapes from a Louisiana plantation

Following the shocking slap, Variety originally reported that Apple planned to delay the film until 2023 to let the controversy die down.

However, it is now slated for a theatrical release on December 2, followed by a streaming release on Apple TV+ on December 9.

The streaming service may have backed off on plans to have an awards season hit yet again, as the film could lose potential profits due to the short theatrical window.

Race for Freedom: Brave treacherous territory and slave hunters to race north to Union Territory, where he can join the fight against the Confederacy

Race for Freedom: Brave treacherous territory and slave hunters to race north to Union Territory, where he can join the fight against the Confederacy

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