Will Smith had a strange and prescient vision before the slap of the Oscars

In a special filmed ahead of the 94th Academy Awards, Will Smith recounted a foreboding and frightening vision he had of “his whole life… being destroyed.”

While speaking with David Letterman for his “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” series, Smith recalled “the most hellish psychological experience” he had ever endured while on a spiritual retreat in Peru. The fourth season of Letterman’s talk show premiered recently on Netflix.

A title card at the top of Smith’s episode indicates that the interview was recorded before the 2022 Academy Awards, during which Smith infamously took the stage and slapped presenter Chris Rock in the face.

Although he ended up winning an award that night for his acclaimed performance in “King Richard,” the film academy later banned Smith from attending the Oscars for 10 years.

In “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction,” Smith recalled taking a long hiatus from acting and vacationing in Peru, where he embarked on 14 “trips.” with ayahuasca, a plant-based psychedelic drug brewed among indigenous communities in South America.

“I drink [ayahuasca]I’m sitting there, and then all of a sudden…I start to see all my money go away, and my house goes away, and my career goes away,” Smith told Letterman.

“And I hear a voice say, ‘That’s what the f— that is. That’s what f— life is.

At one point, Smith said, he hallucinated his young daughter Willow screaming for help, but he couldn’t see where she was.

“I stopped worrying about my money; I just wanted to join Willow,” he continued.

“I stopped caring about my house. I stopped caring about my career. And I get to the point where… I still hear Willow scream, my money still flies, but… I’m totally calm – even if the hell is going on in my head.

The fallout from Smith’s outburst at the Oscars was hard and fast. Before the academy decided on his official punishment, Smith twice apologized for his actions and resigned from the organization despite having just won his first Oscar.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, several Smith projects were put on hold following the incident, prompting a backlash from the public.

“When I came out of [the ayahuasca trip]I realized that whatever happens in my life, I can handle it,” Smith told Letterman.

“I can handle anyone I lose. I can handle anything that’s wrong with my life. I can handle anything in my marriage. I can handle anything this life has to offer.

Although many have weighed in on the water fountain moment that derailed the 94th Academy Awards, Rock has remained relatively quiet about the ordeal. And he hasn’t apologized for the joke he made about Jada Pinkett Smith that provoked her husband. (During the Documentary Feature Award, Rock made a joke about Pinkett Smith’s hair. Pinkett Smith suffers from alopecia, a medical condition that causes hair loss.)

“You can’t protect your family,” Smith told Letterman. “It’s not real. … Protection and security are an illusion. You have to learn to live with the reality that any moment, anything can disappear in a second.

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