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Will Smith's 'Bad Boys' director says Oscars slap was 'wrong,' reminds Hollywood Ukraine babies are dying

Will Smith‘s former director has a lesson for Hollywood stars still weighing in on the events heard ’round the world: there are bigger things to worry about.

Director Michael Bay, who worked with Smith on “Bad Boys 1” and “Bad Boys 2,” said at the end of the day the actor’s onstage violence of Rock was “wrong.” Still, he insisted that it’s not exactly the first thing on his mind when he thinks about issues going on in the world.

“First of all, it’s wrong to begin with,” Bay shared with Deadline while promoting his upcoming thriller “Ambulance.”

“But that’s all people are talking about. And I don’t really care. Hollywood gets really self-absorbed. There are babies getting blown up in Ukraine right now. We should be talking about that,” Bay added.

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Will Smith won best actor award for his role in "King Richard" shortly after slapping Chris Rock onstage.

Will Smith won best actor award for his role in "King Richard" shortly after slapping Chris Rock onstage.
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The director went on to claim that Smith’s outburst at the Oscars following Rock’s joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head isn’t behavior he’s seen before from the star.

“I’ve worked with him, he is not that guy,” Bay claimed, adding that he’s “never seen him lose his cool like that.”

“I thought it was set up ’cause I saw the smirk, and I’ve been on set when Will screws with people, when he’s joking with people,” he continued.

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Hollywood stars have reacted with shock over Smith's slap.

Hollywood stars have reacted with shock over Smith’s slap.
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Bay first reacted with shock in a video obtained by Fox News Digital one day after the ceremony took place. The director said he hadn’t been watching live and “really didn’t see it all go down” but about which had obviously heard after it occurred.

“My reaction was like everyone’s reaction,” added the “Transformers” signal-caller. “He’s a great guy – I’ve never seen him mad. I just saw the clip, you know. And I’m no one to judge. He’s just not an angry guy.”

Asked if he had spoken to Smith, Bay said he hasn’t. Bay pressed that he also doesn’t feel the incident will have a lasting negative impact on Smith’s career. 

As for Rock’s reaction after being struck center stage, Bay came away impressed by the comedian’s poise under pressure, adding, “Chris was – I’ve got to work with him in movies. “I mean, I know Chris and he handled it very well, that’s why I wonder if it was set up, you know.”

Ultimately, Bay summarized the incident this way: “they had their exchange and then that was it. He walked off.”

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Smith’s own mother, Carolyn Smith, had a similar reaction one day after the 94th Academy Awards. She said she’s never seen that confrontational side of her son.

“He is a very even, people person. That’s the first time I’ve ever seen him go off,” she recalled to Philadelphia’s 6abc. 

Despite the on-camera scandal, Carolyn Smith concluded that she is “proud of him being him.”

Will Smith, right, hits presenter Chris Rock on stage while presenting the award for best documentary feature at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. 

Will Smith, right, hits presenter Chris Rock on stage while presenting the award for best documentary feature at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. 
(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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The Academy accepted Smith’s resignation and has decided to continue the disciplinary proceedings against him, David Rubin, president of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, told Fox News Digital in a statement.

 “We have received and accepted Mr. Will Smith’s immediate resignation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. We will continue to move forward with our disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith for violations of the Academy’s Standards of Conduct, in advance of our next scheduled board meeting on April 18,” Rubin said.

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"Bad Boys" star Martin Lawerence, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Michael Bay and Will Smith.

"Bad Boys" star Martin Lawerence, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Michael Bay and Will Smith.
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Smith was given 15 days to give a written response to the Academy and further disciplinary decisions will be made at the next board of governors meeting on April 18.

There is still a chance that Smith is stripped of his Oscar, although it seems unlikely. Smith won the Oscar for best actor for his role in “King Richard.”

He can keep the Oscar award even while not being a member of the Academy.

Harvey Weinstein and Roman Polanski both kept their Oscars, despite being expelled from the Academy.

Fox News’ Julius Young contributed to this report.

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