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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daredevil petition

Charlie Cox is as sad about Daredevil‘s cancellation as you are. Like many fans of the blind superhero, the star of the Marvel-Netflix series was caught by surprise by the cancellation by Netflix. And you can’t blame Cox for being certain that Daredevil season 4 would happen — writers were already pitching and planning storylines for the next season, some of which Cox got wind of. The actor shared those plans, as well as the revelation that he anonymously signed the Save Daredevil petition that has garnered over 200,000 signatures.

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guillermo del toro roma

Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron have been famously close-knit friends for decades, but that doesn’t mean that del Toro is going to offer only shallow praise to Cuaron’s magnum opus Roma. Del Toro took to Twitter on Sunday to offer some insightful film criticism that perfectly gets to the heart of why Roma is such a masterclass in storytelling — and makes all film writers jealous that they hadn’t written a full essay about this first.

Spoilers for Roma below.

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oscar animated shorts 2019 shortlist

Best Animated Short has long been a category overlooked by audiences — maybe they’re too experimental, too niche, too idiosyncratic. But perhaps the largest reason they’re overlooked is because no one has seen them. Apart from Pixar and Disney animated shorts, which reach the highest audiences thanks to their placement in front of theatrical releases, Oscar-nominated animated shorts often suffer from engagement scarcity, nearly always kept offline even after the shortlist is announced. This was an exclusive strategy that hurt the directors, but also hurt the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which only alienates its audiences by presenting awards to films no one had seen.

But this year, we’re seeing a dramatic shift for the first time. This year, all the shorts on the Oscar animated shorts 2019 shortlist are available online for everyone to see. The filmmakers and studios have each released their films online, allowing audiences to finally see what the Academy is voting for — and maybe get a more accurate Oscar pool going this year.

Check out all the films (via CartoonBrew) below the jump.

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barack obama favorite films

Former President of the United States Barack Obama has put forward his candidacy for President of Film Twitter with his list of his favorite movies of 2018. Obama’s list is a collection of some of the most critically praised films of the year, including genre-bending sci-fi flicks like Annihilation, beloved foreign flicks like Shoplifters, and deft black comedies like The Death of Stalin. In other words, Obama’s got good taste.

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billie lourd carrie fisher

It’s been two years since Carrie Fisher passed away and left ripples throughout the Star Wars community and the rest of the world. But none was more affected by the passing of the writer, personality, actress, princess, and general than her daughter Billie Lourd, who had followed her mother’s footsteps into the acting industry and even co-starred with her in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So on the two-year anniversary of Fisher’s passing, Lourd paid a beautiful musical tribute fitting to Fisher’s larger-than-life personality.

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powerpuff girls short film

If you were itching for a dark and gritty reboot of The Powerpuff Girls, you’re in luck. No? You never wanted one in the first place? Well too bad, because Adi Shankar has made it part of his “Bootleg Universe” which includes the likes of his famously violent Power Rangers fan film, and the The Punisher: Dirty Laundry, which brought Thomas Jane back into the role. Now, the cheery children’s show The Powerpuff Girls gets the dark and modern treatment in a 20-minute short film titled Powerpuff Girls: The Long Way Back.

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guillermo del toro favorite superhero movies

Guillermo del Toro is no stranger to the superhero genre, having directed Blade II and two Hellboy movies to critical acclaim. So you can consider him a pretty authoritative voice when it comes to choosing the best superhero movies. The Oscar-winning director of The Shape of Water revealed his list of favorite superhero movies, which doesn’t include any of his own adaptations.

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There are two ways to enjoy Thanksgiving. You either embrace the holiday and use this time to reconnect with your family and play catch-up and remember that blood is thicker than grudges as you devour turkey with the people who matter to you. Or you desperately scramble to put on a movie before your crazy uncle tries to engage you in conversation about border walls.

And this year, Google is making it very easy to make the latter happen. This Thanksgiving, all movie rentals will be 99 cents on the Google Play Store. Why spend time with family when this provides the perfect opportunity to finally get around to watching Skyscraper?

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franchise remake poll

Doc Brown may have hit it on the nose when he wildly guessed that there was a problem with Earth’s gravitational pull in the future, because there’s something off in Hollywood in 2018. We’ve had an influx of remakes and reboots of well-known and little-known franchises, all for the sake of nostalgia. But for some reason, we’re clamoring for more.

A new poll reveals that the next movie franchise remake that audiences want is Back to the Future. That, and a slew of other titles like The Matrix and The Hunger Games, because we can’t ever let things die. See the results of the franchise remake poll below.

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