Denzel Washington Explains His ‘Devil’ Quote After Will Smith Slap

Denzel Washington Explains His ‘Devil’ Quote After Will Smith Slap

Denzel Washington
Explains the ‘Devil’ Quote …
After Will Smith Oscars Slap

4/2/2022 10: 25 AM PT

Denzel Washington says he immediately turned to God after the Chris Rock Oscars slap — which is, in part, why he invoked the wicked one when chatting with Will Smith.

The legendary actor explained to Smith what he meant by saying, “At the highest moment, be cautious, that’s where the devil comes after you.” It was during a leadership summit with author and pastor T.D. Jakes, in which DW had been invited to speak on his faith.


Per reports, the subject of the Oscars was evidently brought up. Jakes said it was like Denzel had entered WWII… to which he replied by saying that it was absolutely necessary.

Denzel is quoted as saying this: “There’s an old saying: If the devil ignores your, then you know that you’re doing something wrong. The devil says, “Oh, no, leave me alone.” He’s my favorite. ‘”

During the commercial break, Will Smith is pulled aside and comforted by Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry, who motion for him to brush it off. Will appears to wipe away tears as he sat down with Jada. Denzel and Tyler Perry comfort Jada.

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He says, “Conversely: When the devil comes after you, maybe it is because you’re trying something right.” The devil took hold of him that night, for whatever reason. Denzel also explains others were quick to step in and attend to Will too — whom he apparently felt was in need of spiritual counseling — including Tyler Perry … who prayed with them both.

Denzel declined the disclosure of what was said between the trio, but he did say that… “There but to the grace of God go any of us. Who are we to condemn? I don’t have all the details, but I do know that prayer is the only way out. “


Later, Denzel is said to have discussed the idea of sitting it out — to which he replied “no way, not on your watch.”

DW described the moment immediately afterward as “I couldn’t have sat down in my chair.” There was no way I could have sat there. This is not me. This was obvious as Denzel was photographed in the immediate aftermath, getting in between Chris & Will.

As you may have guessed by now, Denzel is very religious … often referencing his Christian faith — and it seems it came in handy on Sunday, especially since Will shouted him out during his acceptance speech, when he was in tears kinda apologizing and kinda not.

Of course, since then … the guy has resigned from the Academy amid much finger-pointing over him staying, but he still has some sort of punishment forthcoming in the next few weeks regardless. Rock has been quiet about it, and he barely speaks on it.

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