Will Smith was a superstar before being offered “The Matrix” role
Before being an Oscar-nominated actor, Smith entered the entertainment stratosphere as a rapper. He has recorded hits that will appeal to the crowd as part of DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince. And the duo made history by winning the very first Grammy for Best Rap Performance.
Smith took advantage of the celebrity wave to become an actor, becoming a sitcom
star on The prince of Bel-Air. The artist’s talent shone
thanks to him, winning games in big budget studio productions.
In the early 1990s, Smith landed a handful of roles on the big screen.
And in 1995, he proved his talent in the genre of action when he played opposite
Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys, boyfriend cop action romp. He quickly followed
with box office behemoths from around the world, Independence day and Men
Will Smith offers pivotal moments on YouTube
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It seemed that everything Smith touched turned to gold. But the actor admitted that after big wins, he made a dubious career choice.
“It was a crazy moment in my life. It was like I
threw the ball, he came in, “said Smith on his YouTube series, Story time, in the episode
entitled “Why did I refuse The matrix. ”
“You just get in this universal energy and nothing can go
false. Then the other side comes in, and you can’t do anything right, “said Smith.
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 refuse The matrix was based, in part, on the terrain pronounced by The Wachowskis, the filmmakers behind the trilogy. He explained:
So after doing Men in black, The Wachowski’s came in and it was like they only made a movie. They made a film; I think it was called Linked. And they came in, and they pitched for The matrix. And in fact, they are geniuses. But there is a fine line in an encounter between genius and what I experienced during the meeting. So this is the actual height they made for The matrix:
“So, man, we think of it like, like imagining that you are fighting and then, you like, jumping. Imagine if you could stop jumping in the middle of the jump. But then people could see around you, 360 while you jump. 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. ”
So i did Wild Wild West. I’m not proud of it.
Will smith on Story time via YouTube
Will Smith explained how he could have ruined “The Matrix”
flawless cast of the film
Wild wild west was a critical and commercial failure, earning only $ 222 million on a budget of $ 170 million, according to Box Office Mojo. The film has an appalling rate of 17% on the Rotten Tomatoes tomometer, and the audience score is only slightly above 28%.
On the other hand, The matrix earned $ 465 million on a $ 63 million budget, 88% rate on the Tomatometer, claims an 85% audience score and spawned two sequels. A third suite is currently in production.
Despite the fact that Smith chose to miss rather than hit, he remains gracious. In his video, Smith insisted that The matrix got what he calls a perfect cast and applauded the two main actors.
Keanu [Reeves] was perfect. Laurence Fishburne was perfect. If I had, because I’m black, then Morpheus wouldn’t have been black because they were watching Val Kilmer. So I was going to be Neo, and Val Kilmer was going to be Morpheus. So, I probably would have messed up The matrix to the top. I would have ruined it. So I’ve done you a favor.
Will smith on Story time via YouTube