By Christopher Seward
Actor Will Smith didn’t take too kindly to a Ukrainian reporter who the actor said tried to kiss him on the mouth after he arrived for the Moscow premiere of “Men in Black 3.”
TMZ video of the encounter showed Smith is visibly perturbed at the tall “man in white.”
Although the video doesn’t indicate when the incident occurred, the actor is shown greeting well-wishers when he approached the reporter dressed in a white jacket. The unidentified reporter grabbed Smith around the neck with one arm, while holding a red microphone in his other hand.
Smith obliged, and even patted the frisky reporter on the back as if to say, “OK, that’s enough.”
As the man proceeded to press cheek to cheek and kiss Smith on not one but both sides of his face, the actor clearly had had enough. With a scowl, Smith forcefully pushed the man away.
“Come on, what the hell is your problem, buddy?,” the actor said to the man and quickly gave him a backhanded slap on the face, which was clearly heard.
Smith continued down the line nervously laughing off the encounter. He turned to aides and said, “He tried to kiss me in my mouth. The joker, he’s lucky I didn’t sucker-punch him.”
The actor then apologized for making the comment on camera.
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