“I rejected Neo in Matrix,” Will Smith confessed. Despite the success of the film, the actor reflected that his participation may not have resulted in the best result. This is why.
Will Smith was a superstar before he was offered ‘The Matrix’ paper
Before being an Academy Award nominated actor, Smith launched into the entertainment stratosphere as a rapper. He recorded crowd pleasing hits as part of DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince. And the duo made history by winning the first Grammy for Best Rap Performance.
Smith rode the wave of fame to act, becoming a comedy star in The prince of Bel Air. The performer’s talent shone and won parts in big-budget studio productions.
In the early 1990s, Smith landed a handful of roles on the big screen. And in 1995, she demonstrated her talent in the action genre when she starred opposite Martin Lawrence in. Bad boys, a playful police officer buddy. He quickly followed that up with global box office giants, Independence Day and Men in black
Will Smith presents crucial moments on YouTube
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It seemed that everything Smith touched turned to gold. But the actor admitted that after some big wins, he made a questionable career choice.
“That was a crazy moment in my life. It was like he was throwing the ball, he was going in, “Smith said in his YouTube series: Story time, in the episode titled “Why did I reject Matrix.”
“You just go into that universal energy and nothing can go wrong. Then comes the other side, and you can’t do anything right, “Smith reflected in the video.
‘The Matrix’ was an option, but ‘Wild Wild West’ seemed like a better idea at the time
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Smith explained that his decision to reject Matrix was based, in part, on the field presented by The Wachowskis, the filmmakers behind the trilogy. He explained this:
So after we did Men in black The Wachowski entered, and it was as if they had just made a movie. They made a movie; I think it was called United. And they went in, and they made a launch for Matrix. And it turns out they are geniuses. But there is a very fine line in a launch meeting between genius and what I experienced in the meeting. So this is the actual tone they made for Matrix:
“So, dude, we’re thinking like, imagine you’re in a fight, and then, you like, jump. Imagine if you could stop jumping in the middle of the jump. But then, people could see around you, 360 while jumping. While you stop jumping. Right? And then, we are going to invent these cameras. And then people can see the whole jump while you stop in the middle of the jump. “
Then i did Wild Wild West. I am not proud of that.
Will Smith in Story time via YouTube
Will Smith explained how he could have ruined the perfect casting for the movie ‘The Matrix’
Wild Wild West It was a critical and commercial failure, earning just $ 222 million on a budget of $ 170 million, according to Box Office Mojo. The film scores an abysmal 17% on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer, and the audience score is only slightly higher than 28%.
On the other hand, Matrix It earned $ 465 million on a budget of $ 63 million, ranks 88% on the Tomatometer, has an audience score of 85%, and generated two sequels. A third sequel is currently in production.
Despite the fact that Smith chose to make a failure rather than a hit, he is still friendly. In his video, Smith insisted that Matrix he benefited from what he calls a perfect casting and applauded both main actors.
Keanu [Reeves] it was perfect. Laurence Fishburne was perfect. If he had, because I’m black, then Morpheus wouldn’t have been black because they were looking at Val Kilmer. So, it was going to be Neo, and Val Kilmer was going to be Morpheus. Then I probably would have gotten Matrix up. It would have ruined it. So I did them a favor.
Will Smith in Story time via YouTube