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Will Smith made his big return to the red carpet on Wednesday night for the LA premiere of his new movie Emancipation, eight months after he infamously slapped Oscars host Chris Rock.  

The 54-year-old’s famous family – including his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and children Trey, Willow and Jaden – rallied around him for support at the screening. 

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The Hollywood star has embarked on a ‘apology tour’ in recent weeks while promoting his new film as he attempts to get his $350 million career back on track. 

Back on the red carpet: Will Smith was joined by his children Trey, Willow, Jaden and wife Jada Pinkett Smith at the LA premiere of his new movie Emancipation on Wednesday

Back on the red carpet: Will Smith was joined by his children Trey, Willow, Jaden and wife Jada Pinkett Smith at the LA premiere of his new movie Emancipation on Wednesday 

Style: Smith, who had a 10 year ban placed on him by the Academy following the televised incident, cut a stylish figure as he posed for shutterbugs
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Fitness journey: Notably, Smith embarked on a fitness journey last year, where he was determined to shed his 'dad bod' and get into the 'best shape' of his life

Style: Smith, who had a 10 year ban placed on him by the Academy following the televised incident, cut a stylish figure as he posed for shutterbugs. Notably, Smith embarked on a fitness journey last year, where he was determined to shed his ‘dad bod’ and get into the ‘best shape’ of his life

Smith, who had a 10 year ban placed on him by the Academy following the televised incident, cut a stylish figure as he posed for shutterbugs.

Notably, Smith embarked on a fitness journey last year, where he was determined to shed his ‘dad bod’ and get into the ‘best shape’ of his life.

And the fruits of the actor’s labor were on full display as he looked noticeably svelte in his premiere look.

The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air alum rocked a fitted three-piece maroon suit worn with a pale pink button-up shirt. 

Loved-up: Smith and his wife Jada looked loved-up as he placed a kiss on her head

Loved-up: Smith and his wife Jada looked loved-up as he placed a kiss on her head

Svelte: And the fruits of the actor's labor were on full display as he looked noticeably svelte in his premiere look

Svelte: And the fruits of the actor's labor were on full display as he looked noticeably svelte in his premiere look

Svelte: And the fruits of the actor’s labor were on full display as he looked noticeably svelte in his premiere look

Jada beamed while receiving affection from her longtime spouse

Jada beamed while receiving affection from her longtime spouse

He was supported by his children (L-R) Trey, Willow and Jaden

He was supported by his children (L-R) Trey, Willow and Jaden

Beaming: He looked in high spirits and appeared to be loving his red carpet return

Beaming: He looked in high spirits and appeared to be loving his red carpet return

Smith shares Trey with his ex-wife Sheree Zampino, while he welcomed Jaden and Willow with current wife Jada

Smith shares Trey with his ex-wife Sheree Zampino, while he welcomed Jaden and Willow with current wife Jada

Smith was expertly groomed and he paraded around in brown leather dress shoes.

He looked in high spirits and appeared to be loving his red carpet return.

His biggest supporter, wife Jada, stunned onlookers in a gorgeous white high-low gown that showcased her toned legs.

It had a dramatic ruffled train that trailed behind her as she strolled the premiere’s step-and-repeat photo op.

The Red Table Talk host’s dress had rhinestone details and a chic turtleneck.

Family strong: The group of five kept close during their time in front of the cameras

Family strong: The group of five kept close during their time in front of the cameras

Jada locked arms with Smith while they posed for several snaps as a couple

Jada locked arms with Smith while they posed for several snaps as a couple

Glam: The Red Table Talk host stunned onlookers in a glamorous, high-low gown with a dramatic ruffled train

Glam: The Red Table Talk host stunned onlookers in a glamorous, high-low gown with a dramatic ruffled train

Better together: Though she took a number of solo snaps, Jada looked most in her element beside her husband of 25 years

Better together: Though she took a number of solo snaps, Jada looked most in her element beside her husband of 25 years

Drama: It had a dramatic ruffled train that trailed behind her as she strolled the premiere's step-and-repeat photo op

Drama: It had a dramatic ruffled train that trailed behind her as she strolled the premiere’s step-and-repeat photo op

Glitz: The Red Table Talk host's dress had rhinestone details

Chic: It also had a chic turtleneck

Glitz: The Red Table Talk host’s dress had rhinestone details and a chic turtleneck

The couple offered friendly waves in the direction of adoring fans

The couple offered friendly waves in the direction of adoring fans

She slipped her feet into strappy silver heels that gave her petite 4foot11inch frame.

Jada was decked out in silver jewelry, including countless bangles sparkly statement rings and stud earrings.

The Nutty Professor actress had an ethereal glow to her flawless complexion, which was amped up with contouring powder and a generous dusting of peach blusher.

She had silver eyeshadow swiped across her lids and faux lashes were used to create a doe-eyed appearance.

Sparkle: Jada was decked out in silver jewelry, including countless bangles sparkly statement rings and stud earrings

Sparkle: Jada was decked out in silver jewelry, including countless bangles sparkly statement rings and stud earrings

A little boost: She slipped her feet into strappy silver heels that gave her petite 4foot11inch frame

Confidence: The beautiful star oozed confidence in her elaborate look

A little boost: She slipped her feet into strappy silver heels that gave her petite 4foot11inch frame 

Ethereal: The Nutty Professor actress had an ethereal glow to her flawless complexion, which was amped up with contouring powder and a generous dusting of peach blusher

Ethereal: The Nutty Professor actress had an ethereal glow to her flawless complexion, which was amped up with contouring powder and a generous dusting of peach blusher

Trey, Willow and Jaden proved that swagger runs in the family as they owned the carpet in their signature styles

Trey, Willow and Jaden proved that swagger runs in the family as they owned the carpet in their signature styles

Arrival: Jada was captured arriving to the Regency Village Theatre where the premiere was held

Arrival: Jada was captured arriving to the Regency Village Theatre where the premiere was held

The Girls Trip star painted her pout with a glossy nude lipstick. 

Though she took a number of solo snaps, Jada looked most in her element beside her husband of 25 years.

They kept their arms locked, with Smith taking the opportunity to plant several kisses on his wife’s head.

The PDA made Jada blush and she couldn’t help but flash a beaming smile.

Jada cozied up to the pair’s 22-year-old daughter Willow, who looked effortlessly cool in a punk-inspired getup.

Swipe of silver: She had silver eyeshadow swiped across her lids and faux lashes were used to create a doe-eyed appearance

Swipe of silver: She had silver eyeshadow swiped across her lids and faux lashes were used to create a doe-eyed appearance

Cool factor: Jada cozied up to the pair's 22-year-old daughter Willow, who looked effortlessly cool in a punk-inspired getup

Cool factor: Jada cozied up to the pair’s 22-year-old daughter Willow, who looked effortlessly cool in a punk-inspired getup

Edgy: The musician's wavy raven hair hugged her jawline. A large chunk of hair obscured one of Willow's hazel eyes

Edgy: The musician's wavy raven hair hugged her jawline. A large chunk of hair obscured one of Willow's hazel eyes

Edgy: The musician’s wavy raven hair hugged her jawline. A large chunk of hair obscured one of Willow’s hazel eyes

Willow flashed her taut midriff by wearing a black vest styled with low-rise trousers with jeweled butterfly cut-outs on the hips

Willow flashed her taut midriff by wearing a black vest styled with low-rise trousers with jeweled butterfly cut-outs on the hips

Finishing touches: To complete her ensemble, Willow threw on some black patent leather platforms and a myriad of silver rings

Finishing touches: To complete her ensemble, Willow threw on some black patent leather platforms and a myriad of silver rings

Abstract: Meanwhile, Willow's older brother Jaden, 24, modeled a black and white abstract suit featuring vintage imagery of a movie theater

Classic: The Karate Kid star layered a class white button-up and black tie beneath his oversized jacket

Abstract: Meanwhile, Willow’s older brother Jaden, 24, modeled a black and white abstract suit featuring vintage imagery of a movie theater. The Karate Kid star layered a class white button-up and black tie beneath his oversized jacket

Sweet: Willow Jaden's older half-brother Trey, who Smith shares with ex-wife Sheree Zampino, color coordinate with his famous father by rocking a maroon toned coat over a bubblegum pink T-shirt

Sweet: Willow Jaden’s older half-brother Trey, who Smith shares with ex-wife Sheree Zampino, color coordinate with his famous father by rocking a maroon toned coat over a bubblegum pink T-shirt

Sporty flair: Instead of brown leather dress shoes, Trey opted for brown sneakers with bright white soles

Sporty flair: Instead of brown leather dress shoes, Trey opted for brown sneakers with bright white soles

The musician’s wavy raven hair hugged her jawline. A large chunk of hair obscured one of Willow’s hazel eyes.

She flashed her taut midriff by wearing a black vest styled with low-rise trousers with jeweled butterfly cut-outs on the hips.

To complete her ensemble, Willow threw on some black patent leather platforms and a myriad of silver rings.

Meanwhile, Willow’s older brother Jaden, 24, modeled a black and white abstract suit featuring vintage imagery of a movie theater.

Jada seen with her ageless mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris

Jada seen with her ageless mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris

Generations: Adrienne Banfield-Norris and daughter Jada pictured

Generations: Adrienne Banfield-Norris and daughter Jada pictured

Sheer perfection: Adrienne cut a chic figure as she hit the red carpet in a flowing black dress with sheer sleeves and décolletage

Sheer perfection: Adrienne cut a chic figure as she hit the red carpet in a flowing black dress with sheer sleeves and décolletage

Co-stars: Smith reunited with his Emancipation co-stars, including Charmaine Bingwa

Co-stars: Smith reunited with his Emancipation co-stars, including Charmaine Bingwa

Jovial: Charmaine and Smith greeted one another on red carpet with a huge hug before sharing some kind words in front of photographers

Jovial: Charmaine and Smith greeted one another on red carpet with a huge hug before sharing some kind words in front of photographers

Jovial: Charmaine and Smith greeted one another on red carpet with a huge hug before sharing some kind words in front of photographers

Wow! The Australia native wowed the crowd in a flowing silky white gown that exposed her sculpted back and toned arms

Wow! The Australia native wowed the crowd in a flowing silky white gown that exposed her sculpted back and toned arms

Say cheese! Smith also posed with co-star Ben Foster

Say cheese! Smith also posed with co-star Ben Foster

The Karate Kid star layered a class white button-up and black tie beneath his oversized jacket.

He styled his outfit with what appeared to be a pair of Rick Owens sneakers.

Willow Jaden’s older half-brother Trey, who Smith shares with ex-wife Sheree Zampino, color coordinate with his famous father by rocking a maroon toned coat over a bubblegum pink T-shirt.

Instead of brown leather dress shoes, Trey opted for brown sneakers with bright white soles. 

The family was also joined by Jada’s seemingly ageless mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris.

Adrienne cut a chic figure as she hit the red carpet in a flowing black dress with sheer sleeves and décolletage.

Suited up: Ben Foster, 42, suited up for the occasion in a dark gray suit worn with a white button-up and brown leather shoes. The actor had his stunning wife Laura Prepon by his side

Suited up: Ben Foster, 42, suited up for the occasion in a dark gray suit worn with a white button-up and brown leather shoes. The actor had his stunning wife Laura Prepon by his side

Goth glam: The Orange Is the New Black actress, 42, exuded gothic elegance in a plunging black gown with ruffled shoulders, which she layered over a sexy floral lace body stocking

Her raven hair cascaded down her back and chest in loose curls.

Goth glam: The Orange Is the New Black actress, 42, exuded gothic elegance in a plunging black gown with ruffled shoulders, which she layered over a sexy floral lace body stocking. Her raven hair cascaded down her back and chest in loose curls.

Going strong: The couple have been married since 2018

Going strong: The couple have been married since 2018 

Adrienne – who co-hosts the Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk with Jada and granddaughter Willow – cinched in her trim waist with a black leather belt adorned with gold studs.

Smith reunited with his Emancipation co-stars, including Charmaine Bingwa and Ben Foster.

Charmaine and Smith greeted one another on red carpet with a huge hug before sharing some kind words in front of photographers.

The Australia native wowed the crowd in a flowing silky white gown that exposed her sculpted back and toned arms.

Ben Foster, 42, suited up for the occasion in a dark gray suit worn with a white button-up and brown leather shoes.

Lookin' good! Tiffany Haddish flaunted her curves in a skintight blue and white sheath dress with two-dimensional details creating a cartoonish look

Lookin’ good! Tiffany Haddish flaunted her curves in a skintight blue and white sheath dress with two-dimensional details creating a cartoonish look

Blondie: The comedian's bleach blonde hair was slicked down and a pair of sparkly diamond earrings hugged her earlobes.

Blondie: The comedian's bleach blonde hair was slicked down and a pair of sparkly diamond earrings hugged her earlobes.

Blondie: The comedian’s bleach blonde hair was slicked down and a pair of sparkly diamond earrings hugged her earlobes.

She strolled the carpet in blue rhinestone-covered kitten heels

She strolled the carpet in blue rhinestone-covered kitten heels

The actor had his stunning wife Laura Prepon by his side.

The Orange Is the New Black actress, 42, exuded gothic elegance in a plunging black gown with ruffled shoulders, which she layered over a sexy floral lace body stocking.

Her raven hair cascaded down her back and chest in loose curls. 

Tiffany Haddish flaunted her curves in a skintight blue and white sheath dress with two-dimensional details creating a cartoonish look.

The comedian’s bleach blonde hair was slicked down and a pair of sparkly diamond earrings hugged her earlobes.

Adorable: Pint-sized actress Jordyn McIntosh looked adorable in a green dress and glittery black heels

Adorable: Pint-sized actress Jordyn McIntosh looked adorable in a green dress and glittery black heels

Glam: Alexis Louder dazzles in a floor-length silver sequin gown

Keltie Knight rocked a stylish patterned blue suit

Glam: Alexis Louder dazzles in a floor-length silver sequin gown, while Keltie Knight rocked a stylish patterned blue suit

Da Baby made an appearance at the premiere as he hit the red carpet in a back Chanel suit

Da Baby made an appearance at the premiere as he hit the red carpet in a back Chanel suit

Spiffy: Gilbert Owuor and Clyde Risley Jones looked spiffy in standout suits

Spiffy: Gilbert Owuor and Clyde Risley Jones looked spiffy in standout suits

Spiffy: Gilbert Owuor and Clyde Risley Jones looked spiffy in standout suits

She strolled the carpet in blue rhinestone-covered kitten heels.

Will Smith’s now infamous Oscars slap occurred during the 94th Academy Awards on Monday, March 27. The annual ceremony was hosted by comedians Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes.

Among the A-list presenters was comedian Chris Rock, who hit the stage during the ceremony to present the award for Best Documentary Feature Film.

Before handing out the trophy, Rock made an ill-timed joke about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. Jada has openly spoken about suffering from alopecia in the past.

Will, clearly enraged by the jab, stormed the stage and proceeded to slap Rock for making the joke.

Smith’s shocking assault occurred moments before he took home the Best Actor gong for his portrayal of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams’s devoted father in the film King Richard.

Infamous: Will Smith's now infamous Oscars slap of Chris Rock occurred during the 94th Academy Awards on Monday, March 27

Infamous: Will Smith’s now infamous Oscars slap of Chris Rock occurred during the 94th Academy Awards on Monday, March 27

In a rambling acceptance speech a sobbing Smith admitted that ‘love makes you do crazy things’ – but tellingly failed to apologize to Rock for his assault. He did, however, apologize to the Academy and his fellow nominees.

In response to the incident, the Academy placed a 10 year Oscars ban on Smith. In a statement, they declared that the 2022 Academy Awards were ‘overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr Smith exhibit on stage.’

It took four months for Smith to issue an apology to Rock, which came in the form of an emotional YouTube video.

‘Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk,’ he said directly into the camera. Smith noted that he has since reached out to Rock but the comedian was not ready.

Smith has been working hard to rehabilitate his once squeaky clean image by speaking openly about that ‘horrific night’ and admitting his wrongdoings. 

Smith recently appeared on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah for his first TV interview earlier this week where he discussed the moment he walked on stage and hit Rock after the comedian made a joke about Jada’s hair. 

Before handing out one of the night's awards, Rock made an ill-timed joke about Smith's wife Jada Pinkett Smith's shaved head. Jada has openly spoken about suffering from alopecia in the past. Will, clearly enraged by the jab, stormed the stage and proceeded to slap Rock for making the joke; Will and Jada seen on March 27

Before handing out one of the night’s awards, Rock made an ill-timed joke about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. Jada has openly spoken about suffering from alopecia in the past. Will, clearly enraged by the jab, stormed the stage and proceeded to slap Rock for making the joke; Will and Jada seen on March 27 

Winner: Smith's shocking assault occurred moments before he took home the Best Actor gong for his portrayal of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams's devoted father in the film King Richard

Winner: Smith’s shocking assault occurred moments before he took home the Best Actor gong for his portrayal of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams’s devoted father in the film King Richard

Reflecting on the slap, he said: ‘That was a horrific night, as you can imagine. You know, there’s many nuances and complexities to it. But at the end of the day, I just – I lost it, you know?

‘And I guess what I would say, you just never know what somebody’s going through, you know? In the audience right now, you are sitting next to strangers, and somebody’s mother died last week. Somebody’s child is sick. Somebody just lost their job. Somebody just found out their spouse cheated.

‘It’s like – there’s all these things, and they’re strangers, and you just don’t know what is going on with people. And I was going through something that night. Not that that justifies my behavior at all.’

The star urged people to ‘be nice to each other’, while he noted the way he took his own struggle and turned it into a difficult incident for ‘other people’.

He added: ‘I guess the thing that was most painful for me is, I took my hard and made it hard for other people. I understood the idea, they say hurt people hurt people.’

It took four months for Smith to issue an apology to Rock, which came in the form of an emotional YouTube video; Rock seen in September

It took four months for Smith to issue an apology to Rock, which came in the form of an emotional YouTube video; Rock seen in September

Will referenced his own difficult childhood, and described his behavior in the moment as someone he doesn’t ‘want to be’.

He explained: ‘It was a lot of things. It was the little boy that watched his father beat up his mother. All of that just bubbled up in that moment.

‘I just – that is not who I want to be… I was gone. That was a rage that had been bottled for a really long time. I understand the pain.’

He noted the way the incident impacted his own family too.

He recalled: ‘It was like, my nephew is nine. And he is the sweetest little boy. He’s like – we came home, and it’s like, he had stayed up late to see his uncle Will, and we are sitting in my kitchen and he is on my lap and he is holding the Oscar and he is just like, ‘Why did you hit that man, uncle Will?”

Emancipation is Smith’s first film since the Oscars slap.

First: Smith recently appeared on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah for his first TV interview earlier this week where he discussed the moment he walked on stage and hit Rock after the comedian made a joke about Jada's hair

First: Smith recently appeared on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah for his first TV interview earlier this week where he discussed the moment he walked on stage and hit Rock after the comedian made a joke about Jada’s hair

Reflecting on the slap, he said: 'That was a horrific night, as you can imagine. You know, there's many nuances and complexities to it. But at the end of the day, I just - I lost it, you know?'

Reflecting on the slap, he said: ‘That was a horrific night, as you can imagine. You know, there’s many nuances and complexities to it. But at the end of the day, I just – I lost it, you know?’

Emancipation is a historical thriller directed by Antoine Fuqua, in which the Fresh Prince actor stars as an enslaved man named Peter who escapes from a Louisiana plantation and braves treacherous territory and slave hunters to make it up north to Union territory, where he is able to join the fight against the Confederacy.

The film was inspired by the life of a former slave immortalized in horrifying photos of his back, which was covered in spiderwebbing keloid scars from repeated whippings.

Following the shocking slap, Variety originally reported that Apple planned to delay the film until 2023 to let the controversy die down.

However, it is now set for a December 2 release in theaters, followed by a streaming release on Apple TV+ on December 9.

The streaming service may have still given up its plans of having a hit for awards season, as the film may lose out on potential profits due to the short theatrical window.

Emancipation is Smith's first film since the Oscars slap

Emancipation is Smith’s first film since the Oscars slap 

Release drama: Following the shocking slap, Variety originally reported that Apple planned to delay the film until 2023 to let the controversy die down. However, it is now set for a December 2 release in theaters, followed by a streaming release on Apple TV+ on December 9

Release drama: Following the shocking slap, Variety originally reported that Apple planned to delay the film until 2023 to let the controversy die down. However, it is now set for a December 2 release in theaters, followed by a streaming release on Apple TV+ on December 9 

Speaking to Fox 5’s Good Day DC, Smith said he ‘completely understands’ if people are deterred from watching his new film Emancipation. 

‘I completely understand — if someone is not ready, I would absolutely respect that and allow them their space to not be ready,’ he said.

The Seven Pounds actor added that he hopes his actions won’t negatively affect the team who have worked on the film, which is his first project since the slap.

He said: ‘My deepest concern is my team – Antoine [Fuqua] has done what I think is the greatest work of his entire career.

‘The people on this team have done some of the best work of their entire careers, and my deepest hope is that my actions don’t penalize my team. At this point, that’s what I’m working for.’

Premise: Emancipation is a historical thriller directed by Antoine Fuqua, in which the Fresh Prince actor stars as an enslaved man named Peter who escapes from a Louisiana plantation and braves treacherous territory and slave hunters to make it up north to Union territory, where he is able to join the fight against the Confederacy

Premise: Emancipation is a historical thriller directed by Antoine Fuqua, in which the Fresh Prince actor stars as an enslaved man named Peter who escapes from a Louisiana plantation and braves treacherous territory and slave hunters to make it up north to Union territory, where he is able to join the fight against the Confederacy 

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