Netflix Pumps The Brakes On Will Smith’s Fast And Loose Action Movie

Netflix has reportedly shelved Will Smith’s next film, Fast and Loose, following the actor’s now infamous behavior at the Oscars.

Actor Will Smith’s behavior at the 94th Academy Awards continues to hurt his film career, with streaming giant Netflix now appearing to put some distance between him and the actor.

According to The Hollywood ReporterNetflix has pushed Smith’s next action flick, Fast and loose, further down its priority list. It comes shortly after Smith punched comedian Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars. Prior to the incident, the streaming giant was reportedly competing with Universal Pictures to be director David Leitch’s next project. After the departure of the director Fast and loose, Netflix has issued an urgent call for a replacement. The project would no longer be a priority and would have been put on hold.

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Fast and loose centers on a crime boss who loses his memory after an attack and eventually discovers he’s lived a double life as both a drug kingpin and a CIA agent. It is unclear if Smith will be replaced or if another director will be appointed in the near future. This isn’t the first film that would be affected by Smith’s actions. Reports suggest that the fourth installment of the Bad Boys the franchise has been put on hiatus as the Oscars spinoff takes hold.

Smith has since issued a public apology to Chris Rock and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, from which he recently resigned. In his resignation announcement, Smith said, “My actions during the presentation of the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful and inexcusable…The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family , many of my dear friends and loved ones, all in attendance and a global audience at home.” He continued, “I have betrayed the trust of the Academy…I have deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. My heart is broken.”


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For Rock himself, Smith released a statement on social media, explaining, “Jokes at [his] expenses are part of the job, but a joke about [Jada Pinkett Smith’s] my medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally…I was irrelevant and wrong. I’m embarrassed and my actions weren’t indicative of the man I want to be.” Rock didn’t respond directly to Smith, though he did comment on the incident.

The other actors continue to criticize Smith’s behavior, as well as the Academy and the Oscars crowd for their apparent inaction. Smith returned to his seat after the slap and was able to accept an award and deliver a speech less than an hour later, after which Smith received a standing ovation.


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Source: THR


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