Some thought Will Smith committed career suicide when he slapped Chris Rock during the Oscars ceremony. The actor was even handed a 10-year ban from The Academy. However, it appears the controversial incident did little to no damage to his career.
According to The Mirror, industry experts expect the veteran actor to be invited to the small screen to establish his comeback and could appear in lesser budget action films. Marketing consultant Jeff Kelly stated his ban was “harsh” but expects Will Smith to recover due to Hollywood’s obsession with a redemption arc.
“Smaller budget companies will want to bring him on board to make movies, most likely in the action genre, using his name and cache, which they believe audiences still value.”
The expert suggested Smith take some time off but that “there will be offers on the table from producers looking to work with him.” Will also has another option in the bag with television appearance. With the Oscars being silver screen dominant, a return to TV for Big Willie is very likely.
Kelly asserted that streaming services will be attracted to him, despite the scandal. As long as he has a strong PR team strategizing his image, he could be welcomed back to the ‘biz. He admitted, “It is very difficult for many to see a future for Mr Smith following the furore. That being said, Hollywood has always dealt with things differently.
In the end Kelly emphasized, “This will not be the end for Smith. He still has allies in the business, who while silent now, feel that one mistake should not mean an end to a lifetime of entertaining audiences.”
It’s safe to say Smith will certainly back to making blockbuster movies in no time. Meanwhile, stay tuned to Thirsty for future updates.
What’s your take on this story? Sound off in the comments.