Before the slap. Will Smith and Chris RockThe actor’s altercation at the 2022 Oscars made headlines, but the duo’s story began long before the comedian’s joke about Jada Pinkett Smith.

the Saturday Night Live alum, 57, made an appearance on The prince of Bel-Air in 1995, playing Maurice, a famous actor, and Maurice’s sister, Jasmine. Rock was already a successful comedian by then, but the 53-year-old Ali actor was just starting to become a household name.

Pinkett Smith, 50, also met her future husband on the set of fresh prince. In 1994, she auditioned to play Lisa Wilkes, the girlfriend of her character (also named Will Smith). the Magic Mike XXL the actress lost the role Nia Longbut she later gained a spouse – she and Smith married in December 1997. The couple later welcomed their son Jaden Smithnow 23 years old, and her daughter Willow Smithnow 21 years old. (Will also shares son Trey, 29, with his ex-wife Sheree Zampino.)

While Rock and the men in black the star hasn’t worked together since fresh princethe The adults the actor and Pinkett Smith first collaborated in 2005. Matrix Reloaded star provided the voice of a hippo named Gloria in the animated film Madagascar, while Rock played a zebra named Marty. The duo reprized their roles in the 2008 and 2012 sequels.

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During the 2012 press tour Madagascar 3: the most wanted in Europe, Rock revealed that his children are big fans of Will and Pinkett Smith’s daughter, Willow. the Dogma the star shares his daughters Lola, 19, and Zahra, 17, with his ex-wife Malaak Compton Rock.

“Hey, my kids are listening to your kids! Rock said during an interview with Fuse at the time, recalling what he told his co-star. “’21st Century Girl’ Oh my. And they love LMFAO, but they have no idea what it is.

Four years later, however, tensions rose when Rock referenced the Smith family during his opening monologue while hosting the 2016 Oscars. The Academy was criticized that year for a lack of diversity among the nominees.

“Jada got mad, said she wasn’t coming,” Rock said. “Jada boycotts the Oscars, it’s like me boycotting Rihannathe panties. I was not invited.

He then referenced Will, who was snubbed that year for a nomination despite performing critically acclaimed in the film. Concussion. “It’s not fair that Will was so good and didn’t get nominated,” Rock joked. “It’s also not fair that Will got $20 million for Wild Wild West.”

For a full story of Rock’s relationship with Will and Pinkett Smith, watch the video above.

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