George Clooney Almost Starred in ‘Wild Wild West’ With Will Smith

by Jeremy Spirogis
George Clooney at the premiere of

George Clooney’s performed all types of characters on movie and TV. A health care provider, a con-man, and a company downsizer are only a few of them. But not listed on Clooney’s performing credit is taking part in a safety officer in Wild Wild West.

The Oscar-winning actor got here this shut to starring in Wild Wild West reverse Will Smith earlier than backing out of the movie. 

George Clooney felt he wasn’t the appropriate actor for ‘Wild Wild West’

George Clooney at the premiere of 'Gravity'
George Clooney on the premiere of Gravity | D Dipasupil/FilmMagic

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At the time of Wild Wild West, Clooney and Smith had already made names for themselves on the earth of TV. Clooney noticed main success on ER earlier than exiting the sequence in 1999. Meanwhile, Smith’s starring function within the well-liked sequence, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, led to 1996.

Wild Wild West reunited Smith with the director, Barry Sonnenfeld. The two had labored collectively on Men in Black. Excited on the prospect to work with Smith and Sonnenfeld, Clooney joined the forged of Wild Wild West taking part in the twin function of Artemus Gordon and President Grant. 

Will Smith and George Clooney at the 2006 Producers Guild AwardsWill Smith and George Clooney at the 2006 Producers Guild Awards
Will Smith and George Clooney on the 2006 Producers Guild Awards | on Kopaloff/FilmMagic

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But as Clooney later defined about dropping concerning the film, he didn’t really feel like the appropriate individual for the function. 

“We knew going into this that to make it work would be a stretch, but the opportunity to work with Will [Smith] and Barry [Sonnenfeld] was too exciting to pass up,” Clooney mentioned, in accordance with Variety.

He tried taking part in the function however ended up relinquishing it to a different actor. 

“Ultimately, we all decided that rather than damage this project trying to retrofit the role for me, it was better to step aside and let them get someone else,” Clooney mentioned. 

According to IMDb, Clooney ended up starring in David O. Russell’s Three Kings reverse Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube. 

George Clooney’s function in ‘Wild Wild West’ went to Kevin Kline

After Clooney dropped out of Wild Wild West, the function of Smith’s co-star nonetheless wanted to be stuffed.

Kevin Kline and Will Smith in 'Wild Wild West'Kevin Kline and Will Smith in 'Wild Wild West'
Kevin Kline and Will Smith in Wild Wild West | Murray Close/Getty Images

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Who landed the function?

Oscar and Tony-Award winner, Kevin Kline. He and Smith spend Wild Wild West narrowly escaping with their lives as they try to avoid wasting the president and defeat an inventor bent on revenge. 

‘Wild Wild West’ didn’t wow on the field workplace

When Wild Wild West hit theaters on June 30, 1999, it didn’t get a heat reception from moviegoers or critics. 

With a price range of $170 million, in accordance with Box Office Mojo, it solely made $27 million opening weekend. In all, Wild Wild West earned $222 million worldwide, not a lot of a revenue contemplating how a lot cash it took to make the movie.

Even although Wild Wild West didn’t wow on the field workplace, it holds a spot in ‘90s popular culture.

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