Will Smith joins J Balvin for surprise performance

MEN IN BLACK … J Balvin and Will Smith at Coachella. Photo: BangShowbiz

Will Smith surprised the crowd at Coachella by joining J Balvin for a cover of his 1997 theme song for ‘Men In Black.

No one anticipated the 55-year-old Hollywood star, who portrayed NYPD detective Agent J in the sci-fi action classic, performing at the California festival.

Smith showed up in his character’s signature black suit and sunglasses, even using the ‘neuralyser’ to wipe Balvin’s memory as he was dragged off stage.

The surprise appearance comes after it was reported that the actor would address his infamous Oscars slap ahead of his Hollywood comeback.

Smith, staring alongside Martin Lawrence in ‘Bad Boys: Ride or Die’, is preparing to embark on a major public relations campaign before the film’s release.

‘Bad Boys: Ride or Die’ is Smith’s first major film project since he slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars in 2022.

“He will deal head on with the slap and how he has changed since then. It’s likely he will also speak about his marriage to Jada Pinkett Smith, after they secretly split up more than six years ago,” says a source.

“People love a redemption story and Will has done a lot of work on himself. He also has a huge fan base who want him back in the thick of the action,” the source adds.

Smith previously apologised to Rock (59) for his behaviour at the Oscars, promising to make amends for his mistake.

“I know it was confusing. I know it was shocking, but I promise you, I am deeply devoted and committed to putting light and love and joy into the world. And if you hang on, I promise we’ll be able to be friends again,” Smith says in a statement. – IOL Entertainment

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