Whack Job? Will Smith Does Not Talk About Slapping Chris Rock, But Reveals Other Strange Things To David Letterman In Netflix Show.

Will Smith arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Netflix got some good pub recently when it was announced Will Smith would be appearing on an episode of David Letterman’s acclaimed series “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.”  Everyone waited with bated breath for more details about what Smith might say about his assault on Chris Rock at the Oscars. 

Then it was announced that the interview took place pre-Academy Awards, which meant no details from the slap-happy Fresh Prince, which was a bit of a buzz kill.  The nearly hour-long interview Letterman conducted still includes some interesting perspectives from Smith. For anyone who’s formed the opinion that Smith is a bizarre, borderline weird personality, there’s a good chance your opinion will not be swayed. 

Smith told Letterman about a vision he had that came after he chugged a psychoactive brew called ayahuasca.  Smith called it “the individual most hellish psychological experience of my life.”

While he was tripping, Smith said he had this vision. “All of a sudden, it’s like I start seeing all of my money flying away. And my house is flying away. And my career is going away. And I’m trying to, like, grab for my money and my career.  My whole life is getting destroyed.”

Letterman probed deeper, asking him if losing his money and carer was a legitimate concern, and Smith responded, “It’s my fear.”

There’s more.  Smith continued to explain how while he was tripping out, he heard a creepy voice say, “This is what the f—- it is.  This is what the f—- life is.” 

When the buzz wore off, Smith told Letterman how he felt next.  “When I came out of it, I realized that anything that happens in my life, I can handle it. I can handle any person that I lose, I can handle anything that goes wrong in my life, I can handle anything in my marriage. I can handle anything that this life has to offer me.”

One more thing Smith told Letterman was pretty interesting and bordering on ironic. “First of all, ninety-nine percent of the s—- you worry about near happens.” I guess there always is that one percent. 

Smith, worth a reported $400 million or so, wanted everyone to know that money is overrated.  

“I think it’s the natural journey of humanity, when we realize that the material world is completely, utterly and totally incapable of sustaining our happiness.”


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