Why Will Smith Turned Down ‘The Matrix’

will smith turned down the matrix

It’s a well-known piece of film trivia that Will Smith turned down The Matrix. It’s up there on the list of other famous almost-casts: Molly Ringwald could have been in Pretty Woman, Eric Stoltz was Marty McFly for a few weeks of filming.

But Smith missing out on the role of Neo in The Matrix always seemed especially tragic considering he turned it down to star in the biggest bomb of his early career, Wild Wild West. “I’m not proud of it,” Smith said of the Western comedy in the latest entry of his YouTube “Storytime” series. In addition to the Wild Wild West apology, Smith goes into detail about why he turned down The Matrix, and why he’s ultimately happy he did.

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ask dr ruth trailer

Dr. Ruth Westheimer is here to talk sex, baby. And don’t let her diminutive appearance and advanced age throw you off. America’s most famous sex therapist is getting the documentary treatment in the new Hulu film Ask Dr. Ruth, which chronicles Westheimer’s path from Holocaust survivor to advocate on the front lines of sex awareness and LGBT rights. Watch the Ask Dr. Ruth trailer below.

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doom patrol trailer

Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Woman, and Crazy Jane, and Cyborg — all wildly different superheroes that you wouldn’t expect to see teamed up. But in Doom Patrol, they become a team of misfit heroes whose superhuman abilities are both a blessing and a curse.

The latest DC Universe original series is getting positive notices from critics for being a wacky and weird departure from the serious tone plaguing many superhero shows, but the latest Doom Patrol trailer has a pretty dark tone to it. The extended trailer goes into each member’s tragic backstory, each of which only made them “stronger” and “stranger.”

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five feet apart trailer

Sad sick teens are becoming par for the course in Hollywood, but if you’ve got to watch a romantic teen weepy, why not see one with the rising stars from Columbus and RiverdaleHaley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse play the unrealistically gorgeous teens suffering from cystic fibrosis, who meet and fall in love — despite the shared sickness forcing them apart. Watch the latest Five Feet Apart trailer below.

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mastering your past

After breaking out with his feature directorial debut SleightJ.D. Dillard is becoming a hot commodity in Hollywood, with his latest project becoming the center of a heated bidding war.

Legendary beat out other competitors for the rights to Mastering Your Past, a thriller that landed Dillard a seven-figure deal to co-write the script with Matt Owens (Luke Cage, The Defenders) and another seven figures to direct. This right off the heels of the rave reviews for his latest Sundance darling, Sweetheart.

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frozen 2 teaser trailer breakdown

Disney released the Frozen 2 teaser trailer today, giving us our first look at the highly anticipated sequel to the 2013 mega-hit. Elsa (Idina Menzel), Anna (Kristen Bell), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and Olaf (Josh Gad) return in what looks to be an epic and action-packed sequel, as our heroes venture beyond the Kingdom of Arendelle for the first time.

What could take them outside of the snow-covered kingdom we’ve come to know and love? Why does everyone look so serious? And just who are those two new characters we glimpse in the first trailer? We’ll try to figure all that and more in our Frozen 2 teaser trailer breakdown. Leaf it to me! (I’m sorry.)

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kill them all movie

Kill Them All is the latest comic book property coming to the big screen. The 2015 graphic novel by Kyle Starks is being developed into a feature film by Paramount Pictures with Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse producers Josh Abblebaum and André Nemec attached to adaptation.

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frozen 2 trailer

Disney is not letting go of the Frozen franchise anytime soon. The House of Mouse debuted the first trailer for Frozen 2, the highly anticipated follow-up to the 2013 mega-hit. In the sequel, Elsa, Anna, and Olaf return for a brand new adventure in Arendelle. Watch the Frozen 2 trailer below.

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Artemis movie

The next movie from Phil Lord and Chris Miller will see the duo heading back into the live-action realm after they conquered animation, spawning a multimillion dollar franchise with their surprise hit The LEGO Movie and shepherding last year’s critical darling Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse to possible Oscar success. Lord and Miller’s latest film, a sci-fi feature called The Last Human, has sparked a heated bidding war between several studios that landed them an eight-figure deal with Sony/Tristar.

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the handmaid's tale season 3

Hulu is blessing us with The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 premiere date. The streaming service announced The Handmaid’s Tale will be returning with three new episodes in June 2019, with subsequent episodes released every Wednesday. But while this season premiere date is blessedly not too far away, it does mean that the third season of The Handmaid’s Tale will not be in contention for the 2019 Emmy Awards.

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