Will Smith says that he “completely understands” if audiences aren’t ready to see him back on the big screen. Speaking with FOX 5’s Good Day DC, Smith added that he respects anyone still upset about the infamous Oscars slap. His newest film, Emancipation, will be hitting theaters, next month.

“I completely understand that if someone is not ready, I would absolutely respect that and allow them their space to not be ready,” he said.

Smith added that his “deepest concern” is not letting his previous actions ruin the film. He says he believes Emancipation is one of the best projects of Antoine Fuqua’s career. Fuqua has also released Training Day, The Magnificent Seven, and more.

“Antoine has done what I think is the greatest work of his career,” he said.

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Smith continued: “The people on this team have done some of the best work of their entire careers, and my deepest hope is that my actions don’t penalize my team.”

Ben Foster and Charmaine Bingwa also star in the upcoming film.