Marlon Wayans Reveals The Advice He Gave Will Smith After The Slap, And His Honest Thoughts About The Jada Pinkett Of It All

Marlon Wayans in Fifty Shades of Black
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While it’s a month since the Academy Awards aired, the conversation surrounding the event hasn’t slowed down. This is all due to the ongoing drama surrounding Will Smith’s slap of Chris Rock on national television, which led to him being banned from the ceremony for a decade. And Marlon Wayans recently revealed the advice he gave Smith after the slap, and his honest thoughts about the Jada Pinkett of it all. 

Marlon Wayans and Will Smith have a personal relationship, recently bonding over their quest to get back in shape after rocking Dad bods. During a recent appearance on Big Boy TV, Wayans revealed the interactions he’s had with both Smith and Chris Rock since the Oscars happened. He began speaking about the advice he gave to the King Richard actor, saying:

I was like, ‘Hey brother you may want to go get you about three hours of therapy. 15 hours this week, you need to sit down with a therapist and have a long talk. Something is going on with you.’ And that wasn’t him. See, I don’t have that kind of pressure. He’s been Black excellence for 30 years, I’ve been Black alrightness, ain’t too much pressure. People expect me to do dumb stuff, but him? Nah, not Will.

Well, there you have it. Therapy is a great tool that more and more people have been using lately to take care of their mental health. And it looks like that was the recommendation Marlon Wayans gave Will Smith in response to the slap. Therapy, and a lot of it.

In the end it’s unclear how Will Smith is privately taking care of his mental health as the fallout from his Oscars slap continues to play out. He recently made headlines for traveling to India for a meditation retreat, so he seems to be trying to find stillness amid the noise. He and Chris Rock reportedly haven’t had a private conversation about the incident, although Smith did publish an apology on social media.

Later in his same interview, Marlon Wayans also revealed that he reached out to Chris Rock about the slap. The two share a bond as friends and comics, so this reaction makes a great deal of sense. As the White Chicks actor shared: 

I hit Chris up, asked is he ok. They’re both my friends, I know them both. It’s like watching my brothers fight. That’s not a fight you want to see. There’s no win in that.

For his part, Chris Rock is in the middle of a comedy tour, which seems to be selling well in the wake of the slap. He’s been making quick references to the incident, although it’s not part of his current set in any significant way.

Marlon Wayans also addressed the reason Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars: a joke the comic made about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair. While the recent Oscar winner was seemingly defending his wife, Wayans seems to think it did the opposite of keeping her name out of people’s mouths. As he shared:

I talk about it a little bit in my set. I’m not gonna go all the way there, but I think that by trying to take your name out of one person’s mouth, now you put your wife’s name in everybody’s mouth. Comedians are terrorists… [Now] everybody got a Will Smith-Chris Rock, you know, Jada joke.

Points were made. The conversation around the slap hasn’t slowed down over the past month, and it’ll remain fodder for comedians for the foreseeable future. While Chris Rock might never make another joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, others certainly will.

Marlon Wayans’ next movie is titled Boo, and is expected to hit theaters sometime this year. In the meantime, check out the 2022 movie release dates to plan your next movie experience. 

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.