Did Will Smith actually typify Adolph Hitler as an inherently "good" person with merely employed bad tactics, or were the actor's words taken out of context? Smith has since insisted the latter and underscored his true opinion with a statement calling Hitler "a vile, heinous, vicious killer responsible for one of the greatest acts of evil committed on this planet." In response, the Jewish Anti-Defamation League tells the AP, "We welcome and accept Will Smith's statement that Hitler was a 'vicious killer' and that he did not mean for his remarks about the Nazi leader to be mistaken as praise."

The Scottish newspaper the Daily Record had painted Smith as indifferent to Hitler's acts, quoting the actor - in a misleading context - as saying, "Even Hitler didn't wake up going, 'Let me do the most evil thing I can do today.' I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to do what he thought was 'good.'"