• Kevin Hart said Will Smith was apologetic and in a better space months after the infamous Oscars slap
  • The "Fatherhood" actor hoped that Smith and Chris Rock would be able to find solace and move on from the incident
  • Hart said he loved both Smith and Rock and hoped the public would still give the actor a chance

Kevin Hart spoke about Will Smith and Chris Rock's altercation months after the infamous Oscars slap.

During the premiere of his new animated movie "DC League of Super-Pets" in Los Angeles Wednesday, Hart, a close friend of Smith, gave an update about how the actor was doing. He also expressed his hope for the two stars to find comfort following the incident.

"Will is apologetic, you know, he's in a better space, of course, than what he was after," Hart told Entertainment Tonight. "People are human, and as humans, sometimes we make mistakes. So it's not about talking about the past, it's about acknowledging the present and doing your best to move forward."

He continued, "I can get only hope that the two of them find a way to find some solace in that and move past it. I just like good energy. I love to see people be the best."

Hart said he loved both Smith and Rock. The "Fatherhood" star reminded the people that "you can't judge a person by one thing." He also believed that "life goes on and people grow," so he hoped the public would give Smith "the opportunity to do so."

The animated movie also featured the voices of Dwayne Johnson, Keanu Reeves, John Krasinski, Ben Schwartz, Kevin Conroy and more. Hart said he shared a close bond with the "Black Adam" star on- and off-screen, and he loved that about Johnson.

"It's something that you definitely have to realize, like, how special it is. Because it doesn't have to be this way. Typically, you don't have the relationships on-screen and off at this magnitude," he said of his bond with Johnson. "So I like the fact that we get along, I love that we respond to the material that's been presented to us, and I like still finding ways to be creative."

Hart and Johnson also starred in the 2016 buddy action comedy film "Central Intelligence."

Meanwhile, Tyler Perry also spoke about his friendship with Smith and Rock after the Oscars altercation. Perry was among the celebrities who approached Smith after he smacked Rock onstage.

Perry clarified that he was there not to comfort the "Man in Black" actor but to deescalate. He made it known to Smith that this action was wrong, and Perry left early to check on Rock.

"And I'll tell you, when we walked over to him, he was devastated. He couldn't believe what happened. He couldn't believe he did it," Perry said about Smith.

Perry said the incident was painful for everyone in the room, including Rock and Smith. Meanwhile, Pinkett Smith said on her Facebook Watch show "Red Table Talk" that she was hopeful that Smith and Rock, who are "two intelligent, capable men," would "have an opportunity to heal, talk this out and reconcile."

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In photo: Kevin Hart of 'Dave' speaks during the FX segment of the 2020 Winter TCA Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 09, 2020 in Pasadena, California. Amy Sussman/Getty Images