In a clip posted to Will Smith's Instagram account on Saturday as he delved back into social media after the notorious Academy Awards slap in March.

The actor needed help from his 29-year-old son Trey to catch a tarantula when they were at home in Southern California.

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Smith, 53, posted a video of his oldest child catching a large spider under a glass bowl with the remark, "Posting this from a Holiday Inn," sounding horrified as he did so.

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"Wow, what the h—l. Before his son convinced him that it was a tarantula, Smith said, "That is a big a— spider."

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After a break from social media, the Academy Award-winning actor has only lately returned to the platform.

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"I'm on a chair," Smith said in the video. "Alright Trey, you gotta get that out of here. Come on."

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Smith added: "You're young and strong. You can handle the bite."

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Trey was startled as he turned to face the camera, but he acted bravely and grabbed the eight-legged critter from beneath a glass bowl.

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The spider was then moved outside after Smith unsuccessfully attempted to place a piece of paper underneath.

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