2022 was a bit of a predicament for Will Smith. After Chris Rock joked about Jada Pinkett Smith being cast in the sequel to GI Jane, Referring to her bald head, Will Smith wasted no time standing up for his wife. However, the actor who chose the violent way to do it by punching the comedian did not sit well with anyone. But we already know all about that trial.
On the red carpet for the 65thth Grammy Awards, it was revealed that Will Smith would be part of a surprise performance, a tribute to hip-hop. While it would have been great to see the actor rekindle his music career at one of the biggest awards shows today, unfortunately it didn’t happen. Is the Oscar controversy to blame for this?
Also read: ‘Will Smith had actually given him his blessing’: Will Smith allegedly allowed August Alsina to have an affair with his wife, even treating him like family
Why didn’t Will Smith perform at the Grammys in 2023?
Also read: Will Smith was allegedly caught red-handed by Jada Smith’s mother, had an affair with her daughter while she was still married to Sheree Zampino
On the red carpet, musician Questlove spoke with Entertainment Tonight about the hip-hop tribute performance he produced. When asked if Will Smith will also be a part of it, Questlove stated that although that was the plan originally, it unfortunately could not come to fruition.
“I’ll let you all know. He was literally 99.44% percent, but they started shooting Bad Boys 4 this week, so he couldn’t try. But he agreed that he wanted to be – everyone wanted to be part of the story.”
According to Variety, Questlove stated that the tribute had many people who “have other jobs” which undoubtedly made it difficult to set a timetable for the trials. He added that Queen Latifah, LL Cool J and Ice-T had to leave their respective shows to be part of the performance. He again addressed Smith and stated having him in the show was always a “Shots in the Dark” as he is quite busy filming all the time. He also stated that they also had to fire preliminary shots, thus adding, “We had to lose Will.”
Regardless, the musician assured the audience that the performance was going to be fantastic, and fantastic it was. Although he had to cut it down to fourteen minutes instead of the original running time, which was planned to be over twenty minutes.
Also Read: ‘Imagine Bad Boys 4…But with The Rock and Kevin Hart’: Fed Up of Will Smith’s Shenanigans, Fans Demand Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart to Replace Will Smith, Martin Lawrence
Will Smith returns with Bad Boys 4
Smith will once again team up with Martin Lawrence for the fourth installment of Bad Boys as Detective Lieutenant Mike Lowrey. The franchise is extremely popular among fans as it has been going pretty strong even after almost three decades.
We shall not lie; the announcement of Bad Boys 4 Couldn’t have come at a better time. Right now, more than ever, Smith should be desperately looking for another topic of discussion aside from the Oscar controversy. Even with the release of Liberation, many of the interviews he attended for the promotion ended up discussing the whys and hows of clapping.
Returning for the favorite buddy cop franchise could tone down the buzz surrounding the infamous incident. But just as Smith was worried about Liberation getting lost under all the criticism for the lead actor, he might have some worries in the back of his mind Bad Boys 4 also.
Although a release date has not been announced yet, speculation suggests it Bad Boys 4 (if that’s even the actual title) will be released either in late 2024 or early 2025.
Source: Entertainment Tonight