Netflix and Sony declined new projects with Will Smith because of the scandal at the Oscars. At the last ceremony on March 28, the actor hit the presenter of the ceremony because of a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith. The actor has already been expelled from the American Film Academy.
Sony has postponed the release of the fourth part of the “bad guys”, the picture was supposed to be a continuation of the successful franchise. Representatives of Sony felt that now Will Smith will not attract viewers to cinemas because of his behavior at the awards ceremony “Oscar”- 2022.
Also streaming service Netflix has suspended work on “Fast and Loose,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Hollywood star was supposed to play a character with amnesia. According to the plot, the main character was a man who suddenly woke up in Tijuana and cannot remember the events that preceded his awakening. He reconstructs his past and discovers that he has managed to try on two masks during his life: a crime boss and a secret CIA agent. David Leitch, Will Smith, Kelly McCormick, and James Lassiter were announced as producers of «Fast and Loose».
The 94th Academy Awards is remembered for the scandal involving Will Smith, who got into a fight during the awards ceremony. Nevertheless, Oscar 2022 was one of the least-watched Oscars in the history of the award. Viewing ratings were low even after a 56% increase in the audience to 15.4 million viewers from the United States.
The surge in attention for the award came immediately after Will Smith’s sudden aggression. Among 18- to 49-year-olds, the show saw a 68% increase in viewers in 2022. Fewer viewers were recorded only in 2021 when Oscar ratings set an all-time low. Last year, just over 10 million people followed the awards ceremony online.