Entertainer Will Smith said he had a vision of his career “going away” and his “whole life” being destroyed after drinking a psychedelic tea years before he marched on stage and slapped comedian Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars.
During Netflix’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” series, host David Letterman talked to Smith about his two-year hiatus from acting. The 53-year-old Smith revealed that he drank the psychoactive brew ayahuasca, which he called “the individual most hellish psychological experience of my life.”
The vision came years before the “Men In Black” actor struck Rock at the 94th Academy Awards after he cracked a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head amid her hair loss battle.
“All of a sudden, it’s like I start seeing all of my money flying away,” Smith shared in the pre-recorded interview. “And my house is flying away. And my career is going away.”
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“And I’m trying to, like, grab for my money and my career,” he added. “My whole life is getting destroyed.”
The “King Richard” star admitted, at the time, it was his biggest fear. And during the vision, he started hearing an angry voice yelling at him, saying, “This is what the f*** it is. This is what the f*** life is.”
But then he said he heard the voice of his 21-year-old daughter Willow screaming for help asking why “won’t you help me,” and the whole vision changed.
“Then slowly, I stopped caring about my money,” Smith said. “I just wanted to get to Willow. I stopped caring about my house, about my career.”
“I still hear Willow screaming,” he added, noting that he began to “settle down” even as the money was flying away. “And I’m totally calm, even though there’s hell going on in my mind.”
“When I came out of it, I realized that anything that happens in my life, I can handle it,” Smith continued. “I can handle any person that I lose, I can handle anything that goes wrong in my life, I can handle anything in my marriage. I can handle anything that this life has to offer me.”
Smith apologized after the Oscar incident, and later the Academy issued a 10-year ban preventing him from attending the annual awards show.