Denzel Washington asserted that he instantaneously turned to God in the immediate wake of Will Smith slapping Chris Rock onstage, which is why he referenced the devil during his conversation with Will Smith.
The iconic actor clarified Saturday what he actually intended when he told Smith, “At your highest moment, be careful, that’s when the devil comes for you.” It was at a leadership summit hosted by author and pastor T.D. Jakes, where Denzel was invited to talk about his faith.
The Oscars were clearly discussed, with Jakes commenting that it was as if Denzel had dived into WWII, to which Denzel replied that it was completely necessary.
Denzel is credited with the following quote, “There’s a saying: When the devil ignores you, then you know you’re doing something wrong. The devil goes, ‘Oh, no, leave him alone. He’s my favorite.”
He continues, “Conversely, when the devil comes at you, maybe it’s because you’re trying to do something right. And for whatever reason, the devil got ahold of him that night.” Denzel furthermore explains that others rushed to help, and support Will, whom he evidently felt needed spiritual guidance, including Tyler Perry, who prayed with both of them.
Denzel would not divulge what was said between the trio, but he did say this, “There but for the grace of God, go any of us. Who are we to condemn? I don’t know all the ins and outs of the situation, but I know the only solution was prayer.”
Denzel recounted the moment immediately afterwards, “I could not have remained seated in my seat. I could not have sat in my seat. That is simply not me.” This was immediately apparent, as Denzel was captured on camera in the aftermath of the attack getting in between Chris and Will.