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Will Smith

ATTACKS Kissy Reporter

5/18/2012 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Will Smith just slapped a Ukrainian reporter across the face at the Moscow premiere of "Men in Black 3" -- and it was all caught on tape.

The Ukrainian reporter tries to kiss Will on the lips on the red carpet and the actor angrily pushes him away and then backhands him across the face.

You can clearly see that Will is incredibly pissed that the guy showed overt affection toward him.

After Will slaps the guy, Will says, "He's lucky I didn't sucker punch him."

We're told the dude who kissed Will is a television reporter who often kisses celebrities -- it's his schtick.

For the record, Will just came out in support of gay marriage.

A source on scene tells TMZ, the reporter's mouth brushed up against Will's and that's why the actor reacted so violently. Despite the incident, Will stayed positive ... and happily continued to sign autographs for fans and do red carpet interviews.

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FonzyFonz    

He should have used his neuralizer after he slapped the douche to avoid all the media bull s h i t.

825 days ago
482.

Mr International    

It's not a gay thing. It's a cultural thing. South and eastern Europe, middle east ,etc... all show their affection in such a way. Although it was an unprofessional act for al reporter. He probably just lost his composure due to excitement and showed his affection. Too bad Will Smith lost it as well.

825 days ago
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GRAESON CLARK    

THAT "KISS
'SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED TO ANYONE BE THEY FAMOUS OR NOT, NO ONE SHOULD KISS ANYONE UNLESS THEY ARE INVITED TO ITS AS SIMPLE AS THAT, AND FROM A COMPLETE AND TOTAL STRANGER THAT IS AN ABSOLUTE NO NO. AND TO PEOPLE OUT THERE,WHEN YOU ARE ASKED TO LEAVE A COMMENT ABOUT A CERTIAN INCIDENT, ANSWER IT THEY WAY IT WAS INTENDED AND BE DONE, WITH IT, STOP GOING OFF ON IRRELEVENT TANGENTS...........PLEASE

825 days ago
484.

Chuck    

This was all a .... cultural misunderstanding. The reporter is more than likely an Orthodox Christian (the Russian variety) - I'm an American brand Orthodox. During the Divine Liturgy, there is a portion called the "kiss of peace". Parishioners turn to one another and kiss on the cheek three times, saying, "Christ is in our midst.". The other replies, "He is and forever will be.". It's a very touching part of the service.

Now if Will were better briefed before the premier, we wouldn't have these "international incidents". HA!

Actually, the reporter handled it very gracefully. When was the last time you were shoved and backhanded by an international celebrity?

825 days ago
485.

Terminal Tower    

I'M WILL SMITH BATCH....whap!

825 days ago
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Terminal Tower    

I saw George Bush hold some dude's hand years ago during some summit or something, Smith could have been a little more tactful. You can take the dude out of Philly but you can't take the Philly out the dude, I guess...

825 days ago
487.

Ken    

Sounds like a cultural issue. Maybe in Russia it's hilarious for this guy to try to kiss celebrities on the mouth, but an american actor probably isn't going to think it's cute or acceptable.

825 days ago
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Terminal Tower    

Does this mean he has to move back in with his Auntie and Uncle in Bel Air?

825 days ago
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Ron Miller    

I do not care what the guys schtick is, kissing another man in the mouth that you do not know...I would have slapped him too.

825 days ago
490.

happy1    

I agree...a cultural difference. Will did overreact. He could of just pushed the guy away, he didnt have to hit him in the face too! He showed a lot of his ego :(

825 days ago
491.

thelady    

Will Smith did exactly what he is suppose to do. This is The United States of America, and no one here walks up, and kisses another men in the mouth out of know where. That kid was trying to be funny. You can see the smurk on his face. Yeah Will is a big time actor, and has a lot of money. What does that have to do with that disrespectful stuff that kid did to him. You can clearly see that will did'nt like that. He tryed avoiding it, but that reporter kept on going for the mouth. That is disgusting, and he needed to get slapped. If hes ever in southeast San Diego, and does that he will get worst. Hes in the states, he knows english, and I'm pretty sure he knows that we dont greet with a kiss on the mouth. Stop trying to make it seem like it was right. It was'nt. I will be going to see Will's new movie, and still supporting him. I watched him growing up, and he made me laugh at times, and cry at times. he is an awesome actor. I LOVE YOU WILL SMITH, AND THE REST OF YOUR FAM, AND FANS.

825 days ago
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Tigers Wood    

Will tried to slap him harder, but his wrist was to limp to do it. Will does not like to show affection during one of his premiers, this reporter should have done it when no one was watching, then it be ok with Will. Will, NAACP and OB support gay marriage.

825 days ago
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claire     

um, this is assault. if a male reporter tried to force himself onto a female celebrity, and she reported by hitting him, there would be no backlash. because that's a legitimate way to respond to an assault attempt.

825 days ago
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ccw_9mm    

Will, it's OK. The NAACP says so. Come on out.

825 days ago
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Common Sense    

Will shoulda straight-out ****ed his **** up, you just dont violate someones personal space like that.

also, **** schtick

825 days ago
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