Will Smith is shedding some light on the “pain” in his life.

The King RichardThe 53-year old actor was among many stars that were interviewed by David LettermanFor Season 4 on Netflix There is no need for me to introduce my next guestThe episode was published on May 20, 2012. His episode began, however, with a black title card that informed audiences that “this episode was filmed prior to the 2022 Academy Awards ceremony.”

Back in March, Will made headlines for slapping Chris Rock onstage at the event after the comedian made a joke about his wife, Jada pinkett Smith

Will and Will had an hour long conversation. He talked about the traumas he suffered throughout his life, both as a child and in his career. These are details he wrote about in his 2021 memoir. Will. The actor explained, referring to the first line of his novel that he “always thought myself as a coward” because he saw his father beating up his mother when he was a child. He did not intervene.

Will was able to portray a positive, cheerful image all throughout his professional career. He explained that he wanted others to be happy and feel great when he arrived. “Because my family was like that, it made me feel safe.