Smith encountered the Ukrainian prankster Vitalii Sediuk during the Russian premiere of Men In Black 3, with Sediuk kissing Smith twice on both cheeks. Provoked, Smith pushed Sediuk away and slapped him on the side of his face as he said: “Hold on man, what the hell is your problem, buddy?”
As he was ushered away from the altercation, Smith was heard saying: “Hey, I’m sorry. He tried to kiss me on my mouth. That joker, he’s lucky I ain’t sucker punch him. Oh sorry, I said that on camera.” Watch a clip of the incident below.
Smith recalled the hours after the encounter in a new interview with Tidal’s Rap Radar programme this week, revealing that he received a number of missed calls from Jay-Z shortly after the incident.
“I get back, and I’m pissed – just because you’re famous, [some people] think they can get to do whatever they want,” Smith said about the prankster. “So I’m in my room, and I have ten urgent messages from Jay-Z, being like: ‘Call me now!!!’
“So I call him and be like, ‘Yo, what’s up?’ And he said: ‘Hey, I just saw the video of you slapping the dude in Russia. I just want you to know you’ll never make a better piece of entertainment, that’s the funniest thing I’ve ever seen.
“‘Me and [Beyoncé], we got a show tonight – and we thinking about cancelling it and staying in and watching you slap this dude,'” he added. Watch a clip of the interview below.
Will Smith’s story about Jay-Z’s reaction to the video of him slapping a reporter is so funny LMAO pic.twitter.com/e0bckITyN0
— julia (@letitbeglorious) July 4, 2018
Earlier this week, the trailer for Jay-Z’s new miniseries on Trayvon Martin was released.