(NEW YORK) — A Ukrainian reporter who tried to kiss Will Smith on the mouth was instead met with a backhanded slap to the face.
Russia’s Life TV caught overly affectionate reporter Vitalii Sediuk and the actor on camera at the Moscow premiere of Smith’s new film, “Men In Black 3.”
After a hug and a pat on the back, Sediuk leaned in toward Smith’s face and started going for kisses, prompting the star to push him away.
“He tried to kiss me on my mouth,” Smith said on camera seconds after the incident. “This joker, he’s lucky I didn’t sucker punch him.”
It turns out kissing interview subjects is part of Sediuk’s schtick and he is known as quite the prankster, TMZ reported.
Before the kiss seen around the world, the reporter, who posed as a fan, was known for presenting Madonna with a bouquet of hydrangeas. She graciously accepted the flowers despite the fact she had said in previous interviews she did not like them.
Moments later, the singer was caught on an open microphone at a press conference telling the person next to her she “absolutely loathes hydrangeas.” The video went viral and garnered millions of views.
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Adam Forsgren, EastIdahoNews.com
Lisa Respers France, CNN
Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com