AceShowbiz - It's been more than a month since Will Smith's controversial Oscars slap, but it doesn't stop people from talking about the matter. Marlon Wayans once again weighs in on the incident at the 94th Academy Awards, where the "King Richard" actor smacked comedian Chris Rock's face onstage for joking about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith's shaved head.
In a new interview with Big Boy, Marlon shared what he told Will following the drama. He went on to suggest that while Will demanded Chris to leave Jada's name out of his mouth, his action ironically only invited more attention to "The Matrix Revolutions" actress.
"If somebody's walking up on my stage, I know that you ain't coming up to give me five," Marlon explained during the interview. "Like, at a point, you gotta go, 'Oh yeah he's trying to come harm me.' … You gotta protect yourself. If it that was me, I got an elbow for you."
"The Wayans Brothers" alum added, "It's a fight, you come on my stage we fighting. … We do jokes, that's what we do. You don't go to a comedy show and be mad when they tell you jokes, that's what you there for. I think people in they right mind know better, I don't think people gonna go, 'I'm gonna get up and slap you.' "
The actor also claimed that he initially thought that the slap was fake. "I thought someone put something in my weed," he divulged. "I think the pressure of 30 years of being excellent, that's hard to do. That man just snapped. You gotta check on your strong friends. … Something was wrong for him to snap, and forget about what he's been working towards for 30 years."
Marlon added that he reached out to Will to give him some advice following the incident at the March 27 event, which saw the latter taking home an Oscar for Best Actor category. "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,' " he shared. "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."
He also made sure that Chris was okay after the slap, too. "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," he noted. "Comedians are terrorists… [Now] everybody got a Will Smith-Chris Rock, you know, Jada joke," he continued.
Prior to this, Marlon shared that being roasted at the Oscars was supposed to be something that actors should have expected. "It is a part of the Oscars for 94 years," he opined. "They gonna roast you and toast you, then give you a gold statue and a great drunk evening. But you can't get mad at somebody for cracking a joke. … Chris is from Brooklyn, I'm surprised the n***a didn't pull out and shoot him. I know Chris got an outie belly button."