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Will Smith snub: How star rejected The Matrix position for lead in Wild Wild West flop

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Smith has remained among the many headlines in current weeks after his notorious row with Oscars host Chris Rock marred his Academy Award win. The 53-year-old apologised after slapping Rock on the ceremony earlier this yr, earlier than amassing the Greatest Actor award for his transferring portrayal in King Richard. Whereas the outburst could also be one he regrets, Smith as soon as made one other resolution that would have modified the course of his profession, and different megastars too.

A throwback report reveals how Smith turned down taking part in Neo in The Matrix franchise, to pursue a job in Wild Wild West.

Final yr, Reeves, who took on the position instead of Smith, thanked the Contemporary Prince of Bel Air star for snubbing the half, and permitting him to take centre stage within the franchise.

In an interview Esquire, Reeves mentioned: “Nicely, it modified my life. And, it was such an exquisite artistic expertise, and so to play Neo in The Matrix trilogy and now within the fourth.

“It impacted my life, personally and creatively. Thanks very a lot.”

Will Smith snub: How star rejected The Matrix position for lead in Wild Wild West flop (Picture: GETTY)

Will Smith won the Best Actor Oscar this year

Will Smith gained the Greatest Actor Oscar this yr (Picture: GETTY)

Smith reportedly turned down the position to play US Military Captain James “Jim” T. West, reverse Kevin Kline within the action-adventure flick.

However the movie was met with largely unfavourable opinions, and acquired 11 nominations on the Golden Raspberry Awards in 2000.

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Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a 16 p.c approval ranking, with legendary movie critic Roger Ebert, of The Chicago Solar-Occasions, giving it a one star out of 4 evaluation.

He mentioned on the time: “Wild Wild West is a comedy lifeless zone. You stare in disbelief as scenes flop and die.

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Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars

Will Smith slapping Chris Rock on the Oscars (Picture: GETTY)

“The film is all idea and no content material; the frilly particular results are like watching cash burn on the display.”

Janet Maslin, of The New York Occasions, was additionally vital, claiming the movie “leaves actuality thus far behind that its storytelling can be arbitrary even by comic-book requirements, and its characters share no frequent floor or emotional connection”.

Smith himself has commented on his snub, admitting that the success of Independence Day made him really feel invincible.

In line with Leisure Weekly, Smith mentioned in 2019: “I made Wild Wild West. I’m not happy with it.”

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Will Smith with his Oscar

Will Smith along with his Oscar (Picture: GETTY)

He added: “Keanu was good, Laurence Fishburne was good.”

“So I most likely would have messed The Matrix up. I’d have ruined it, so I did y’all a favor.”

Smith additionally revealed that had he been solid as Neo, Fishburne’s position as Morpheus would have gone to Val Kilmer.

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Smith’s profession started as a rapper, underneath the identify the Contemporary Prince, earlier than he achieved large field workplace success within the Noughties.

In addition to his Oscar, the star is the winner of a BAFTA, Golden Globe and 4 Grammy Awards.

Filming locations in the UK

Filming places within the UK (Picture: EXPRESS)

As of 2021, Smith’s movies have grossed almost $10billion (£7.6billion) globally, to make him one of the vital bankable stars in Hollywood.

After his altercation with Rock, Smith subsequently resigned from the Academy.

He was banned from attending Academy capabilities, together with the Oscars, for ten years.

His Oscar win noticed him grow to be the fifth black actor to assert the Academy Award for Greatest Actor.

He was additionally nominated for his roles in The Pursuit of Happyness and Ali.