Tue. Jun 28th, 2022

Will Smith revealed in his upcoming David Letterman interview that he hallucinated a vision of losing his career and fortune while on an ayahuasca drug trip, according to a newly leaked clip posted on Twitter.

The admission for Letterman’s Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction was strikingly timed, as the 53-year-old actor taped the interview prior to attending the Academy Awards.

During the ceremony, he slapped presenter Chris Rock on stage after he made a joke referencing his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair loss, and he has since had several high-profile projects delayed. 

Foreshadowing: Will Smith revealed in his upcoming David Letterman interview that he hallucinated a vision of losing his career and fortune while on an ayahuasca drug trip, but he taped it prior to his shocking Oscars slap

Foreshadowing: Will Smith revealed in his upcoming David Letterman interview that he hallucinated a vision of losing his career and fortune while on an ayahuasca drug trip, but he taped it prior to his shocking Oscars slap

Foreshadowing: Will Smith revealed in his upcoming David Letterman interview that he hallucinated a vision of losing his career and fortune while on an ayahuasca drug trip, but he taped it prior to his shocking Oscars slap

Smith opens the excerpt by admitting he was ‘terrified’ of taking ayahuasca, a drink originating in South America that is brewed from plants that cause a psychedelic experience.

People who use the drink report hallucinations and visions, including sometimes dramatic ones that supposedly have therapeutic effects. 

‘I decided that it was something that, you know, I wanted to try,’ the actor said he decided after researching the drug.

He described the high as creating two realities that are both ‘100 percent present’ at the same time: ‘It’s not superimposed over this reality. They’re totally separate.’

While describing his vision of his career implosion, he called it ‘the individual most hellish psychological experience of my life.’

Timing: The clip foreshadowed Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars after the comic made a joke referencing his wife Jada Pinkett Smith's hair loss; seen March 27 in Hollywood

Timing: The clip foreshadowed Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars after the comic made a joke referencing his wife Jada Pinkett Smith's hair loss; seen March 27 in Hollywood

Timing: The clip foreshadowed Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars after the comic made a joke referencing his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair loss; seen March 27 in Hollywood

Torturous: In the clip, which was leaked early to Twitter from a phone recording, Smith said he had the 'most hellish psychological experience of my life' while imagining his career implosion

Torturous: In the clip, which was leaked early to Twitter from a phone recording, Smith said he had the 'most hellish psychological experience of my life' while imagining his career implosion

Torturous: In the clip, which was leaked early to Twitter from a phone recording, Smith said he had the ‘most hellish psychological experience of my life’ while imagining his career implosion

He joked that ‘You always fell like, “Maybe it won’t kick in this time,”‘ as he said the drink’s hallucinatory properties aren’t felt for about 45 minutes.

But then, ‘All of a sudden, it’s like I star seeing seeing all of my money flying away,’ he recounted to a rapt Letterman.

‘And my house is flying away. And my career is gone,’ he continued. ‘And I’m trying to, like, grab for my money and my career. My whole life is getting destroyed.’

The host got him to confirm that the vision represented his ‘fear in real life.’ 

Smith shared that he felt the need to vomit — a common symptom of ayahuasca use — before he heard a voice in his head say menacingly, ‘This is what the f*** it is. This is what the f*** life is.’

Vanished: 'All of a sudden, it's like I star seeing seeing all of my money flying away,' he recounted to a rapt Letterman. 'And my house is flying away. And my career is gone,' he said

Vanished: 'All of a sudden, it's like I star seeing seeing all of my money flying away,' he recounted to a rapt Letterman. 'And my house is flying away. And my career is gone,' he said

Vanished: ‘All of a sudden, it’s like I star seeing seeing all of my money flying away,’ he recounted to a rapt Letterman. ‘And my house is flying away. And my career is gone,’ he said

Scary: Smith shared that he felt the need to vomit — a symptom of ayahuasca use — before he heard a voice in his head say menacingly, 'This is what the f*** it is. This is what the f*** life is'

Scary: Smith shared that he felt the need to vomit — a symptom of ayahuasca use — before he heard a voice in his head say menacingly, 'This is what the f*** it is. This is what the f*** life is'

Scary: Smith shared that he felt the need to vomit — a symptom of ayahuasca use — before he heard a voice in his head say menacingly, ‘This is what the f*** it is. This is what the f*** life is’

The vision became even more disturbing for Smith after he heard his daughter Willow Smith, 21, calling out for him in the distance in anguished cries of ‘”Daddy, help me! Daddy! How come you won’t help me?”‘

He shouted back, ‘I don’t see,’ before the shaman supervising his trip told him to relax, patted him on the back and had him sit up.

Smith, who praised his character Richard Williams as being a ‘fierce defender of his family’ in his Oscars acceptance speech, seemed to be able to forget about his imagined career woes as he defended his own family.

‘Then slowly, I stopped caring about my money, I just wanted to get to Willow,’ he recounted. ‘I stopped caring about my house, about my career.’

Saving his family: Smith, who praised his character Richard Williams as being a 'fierce defender of his family' in his Oscars acceptance speech, seemed to be able to forget about his imagined career woes as he defended his own family

Saving his family: Smith, who praised his character Richard Williams as being a 'fierce defender of his family' in his Oscars acceptance speech, seemed to be able to forget about his imagined career woes as he defended his own family

Saving his family: Smith, who praised his character Richard Williams as being a ‘fierce defender of his family’ in his Oscars acceptance speech, seemed to be able to forget about his imagined career woes as he defended his own family

He said he had ‘settled down,’ though the ‘voice was still at 100 percent.’

‘I still hear Willow screaming. My money is still flying away, but I’m going —’ he said as he mimed taking deep breaths.

‘And I’m totally calm, even though there’s hell going on in my mind. When I came out of it, I realized that anything that happens in my life, I can handle it.

‘I can handle any person that I lose, I can handle anything that goes wrong in my life, I can handle anything in my marriage. I can handle anything that his life has to offer me,’ he said.

The clip ended with Smith trying to reassure himself that what was in the vision wouldn’t happen, though it was particularly ironic considering the path his career would take not long after the interview.

‘First of all, 99 percent of the s*** you worry about never happens, adding that the vast majority of ‘your pain and your misery is all self-generated — it’s not real.’

'I still hear Willow screaming. My money is still flying away, but I'm going —' he said as he mimed taking deep breaths. 'And I'm totally calm, even though there's hell going on in my mind.'

'I still hear Willow screaming. My money is still flying away, but I'm going —' he said as he mimed taking deep breaths. 'And I'm totally calm, even though there's hell going on in my mind.'

‘I still hear Willow screaming. My money is still flying away, but I’m going —’ he said as he mimed taking deep breaths. ‘And I’m totally calm, even though there’s hell going on in my mind.’

Bad timing: The clip ended with Smith trying to reassure himself that what was in the vision wouldn't happen, though it was particularly ironic considering the path his career would take not long after the interview

Bad timing: The clip ended with Smith trying to reassure himself that what was in the vision wouldn't happen, though it was particularly ironic considering the path his career would take not long after the interview

Bad timing: The clip ended with Smith trying to reassure himself that what was in the vision wouldn’t happen, though it was particularly ironic considering the path his career would take not long after the interview

After slapping Rock at the Oscars, Smith managed to ride out the night and won his first Academy Award for his starring role in King Richard, but he soon faced consequences within the Academy.

The actor resigned from the body, meaning that he will no longer be able to vote for awards, and he was subsequently banned from all Academy events for a decade, which means he won’t be able to attend the ceremony in that period, though he can still be nominated or win an award.

Smith has kept a low-profile following the incident, though he traveled to Mumbai, India, last month to focus on spirituality, yoga and meditation, People reported.

Will was pictured back in January filming the interview with Letterman. 

He is among a stacked group of interviewees for the talk show icon, including Cardi B, Billie Eilish, Ryan Reynolds, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Kevin Durant. The series’ fourth season premiers May 20 on Netflix.

Banned: After his Oscars slap, Smith resigned from the Academy, and it subsequently banned him from the Oscars and all other Academy events for ten years; seen March 27 in Hollywood

Banned: After his Oscars slap, Smith resigned from the Academy, and it subsequently banned him from the Oscars and all other Academy events for ten years; seen March 27 in Hollywood

Banned: After his Oscars slap, Smith resigned from the Academy, and it subsequently banned him from the Oscars and all other Academy events for ten years; seen March 27 in Hollywood

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