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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Aladdin TV Spot

When the first teaser trailer for Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin first arrived, fans were fairly underwhelmed. Not only did the teaser offer very little footage of Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Jasmine, but it didn’t give us a look at Will Smith as the genie in the famous lamp at the center of the story. Even when the first images of Will Smith in the movie arrived, he wasn’t blue like the famed genie voiced by Robin Williams in the 1992 animated classic. But that changed today.

A surprise Aladdin TV spot that aired during the Grammys not only brought more footage, but it finally gave us a shot of Will Smith in all his blue glory. And, oh boy, it’s certainly something to behold. Read More »

‘Bad Boys For Life’ First Look Revealed By Will Smith

bad boys for life first look

After years of rumors and false starts, Bad Boys For Life is really, truly, actually happening – and after seeing some recent camera tests of Will Smith posing on a sound stage, we now have our first official look at Smith and co-star Martin Lawrence reunited, straight from Smith’s Instagram account. Read More »

bad boys 3 camera test

The Bad Boys are back for Bad Boys 3, aka Bad Boys For Life (or Bad Boys For Lif3, if you want to get crazy). After a lengthy period of uncertainty, production on the third entry in the over-the-top cop series has begun. If your thirst for all-things Bad Boys has yet to be quenched, you’re in luck: a new Bad Boys 3 camera test has given us our first look at Will Smith stepping back into the role of Detective Mike Lowrey. It’s not the most exciting footage, but it does prove one thing: Will Smith is an ageless vampire, because he looks almost exactly the same as he did in the previous two Bad Boys films.

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bad boys for life

Fans have been waiting over 15 years for Bad Boys for Life to get in front of cameras. The sequel has had plenty of ups and downs over the years with Michael Bay leaving the project in the hands of director Joe Carnahan, who ended up leaving even after writing the script. Now the project finally seems to have firm footing with directors Adil Arbi and Bilall Fallah as the latest filmmakers getting behind the camera, and we finally have word on what kind of problem Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will be dealing with this time. Read More »

‘Bad Boys 3’ Cast Adds Vanessa Hudgens and More

bad boys 3 cast

The Bad Boys 3 cast is starting to come together. The film has just added Alexander Ludwig, Vanessa Hudgens, and Charles Melton to star alongside Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Hudgens, Ludwig, and Melton are playing a highly-specialized police unit that clashes with Smith and Lawrence’s characters on the job. More on the Bad Boys 3 cast below.

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Aladdin images

A fresh batch of new Aladdin images have come out of the Cave of Wonders, giving us our first look at Will Smith‘s Genie and Naomi Scott‘s Princess Jasmine. We also get a closer look at the titular street rat himself, played by Mena Massoud, who is rocking a whole lot more vests than the partially shirtless animated version of Aladdin.

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new aladdin songs

I can show you the world. Shining, shimmering, splendid! And filled with live-action remakes of Disney films. Like Aladdin, which will have the live-action treatment courtesy of director Guy Ritchie. One of the biggest complaints surrounding these live-action remakes is that they often take a shot-for-shot approach, leading some to question: what’s the point? When it comes to Aladdin, you can rest assured that the new film won’t be identical to the 1992 animated hit. For one thing: there are at least two new songs featured, one of which is said to be “empowering for women.” More on the new Aladdin songs below.

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Bad Boys 3

The Bad Boys are officially back together. The long-gestating Bad Boys 3 received the green light from Sony last month with Will Smith on board, but a big question mark remained around franchise co-star Martin Lawrence, who remained a hold-out for as long as a Bad Boys 3 had been rumored. But now, Lawrence’s return is seemingly confirmed, with the actor set to reprise his role as Detective Marcus Burnett in Bad Boys For Life.

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spies in disguise trailer

If there’s one thing kids love, it’s watching a cartoon Will Smith turn into a bird. Thankfully, audiences will get that and more with Spies In Disguise, a new animated comedy featuring the voice talents of Smith and Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland. Smith plays a debonaire super spy, why Holland is the nerdy inventor who comes up with all of Smith’s cool spy gadgets. Watch the Spies In Disguise trailer below.

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