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Will Smith calls hysterical conversation with Jay-Z after slapping a reporter

Will Smith recalled a conversation with Jay-Z after the infamous slapping incident in 2012.

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Will Smith said in a rare interview Wednesday that he received nearly a dozen text messages from rapper Jay-Z, after he infamously punched a reporter who tried to kiss him in 2012.

Smith, who spoke about his 30-year career in the entertainment industry with Rap Radar, said he received the texts after returning home the night he punched the reporter on the red carpet for the “men in Black 3” premiere in Moscow. He then gave Jay-Z a call.

Years later, Smith finally revealed on the podcast what the hip-hop mogul told him.

“I just saw the video of you beat the guy in Russia, I just want you to know that you’ll never get a better piece of entertainment,” Smith said he was trying to do, Jay-Z impression. “It is the funniest thing I have ever seen. Me and B [Beyoncé], we got a show tonight, but we are thinking about canceling and just stay and just watching you blow this guy.”

Smith also talked about his days as a young actor on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’, to say it was actor James Avery – who played Uncle Phil – who would encourage him to do better. Smith remembered the infamous scene where Smith’s character asks why his father did not want him.

“Behind the scenes of that, James Avery was relentless on me to elevate. He would not give me a damn inch. Everything I said, everything I did, James Avery, it was, ‘No, not good enough. You have this position, look where you are, watch what you are blessed with. I’m sorry, but I’m not accepting anything other than the absolute, committed in perfection,'” Smith said.

When the scene is about the character of the father was, Avery allegedly told him: “That is a f-ing act.”

The 49-year-old made a comeback in 2017 with his hit Netflix movie “Bright.” The sci-fi picture received 11 million viewers during the first three days on the streaming network, according to Variety.

Smith is signed for seven projects for the coming years, including “Aladdin,” “Suicide Squad 2,” “Bad Boys For Life” and “Light 2.”

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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