Will Smith has some regrets about making a field workplace flop after passing on the starring function in The Matrix, however Keanu Reeves didn’t assume it was all that dangerous. In a 2019 interview with Uproxx, Reeves mentioned he “enjoyed” Smith’s critically panned western.
Will Smith handed on ‘The Matrix’ for ‘Wild Wild West’
One of Smith’s greatest regrets was signing on to do Wild Wild West, passing on the possibility to play Neo in The Matrix to deal with the function of Jim West.
During an interview with HBO Sport’s The Shop Uninterrupted, Smith was requested if there had been a task he wished he hadn’t handed on. Smith was clear that he didn’t completely remorse passing on The Matrix, however admitted, “Sometimes you say no when you should have said yes.”
He felt that his involvement with the film would have drastically modified it, nonetheless, saying, “I would have ruined it,” as Val Kilmer would have performed the function of Morpheus.
He famous, “I make jokes about Wild Wild West however I’m probably not a person liable to remorse.”
The Hollywood Reporter reported that in a 2016 Cannes Lion dialogue, Smith admitted that he handed on enjoying Neo as a result of he needed the celebrity he thought would come Wild Wild West.
“I had so much success that I started to taste global blood and my focus shifted from my artistry to winning,” he mentioned. “I needed to win and be the most important film star, and what occurred was there was a lag — round Wild Wild West time — I discovered myself selling one thing as a result of I needed to win versus selling one thing as a result of I believed in it.”
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Keanu Reeves is a ‘Wild Wild West’ fan
During the Uproxx interview with Reeves, the dialogue turned to the video Smith made that defined why he determined to not do The Matrix. Reeves hadn’t seen the video, so the interviewer defined, “Basically, he felt he had completed too many sci-fi films, however then joked he did Wild Wild West as a substitute.”
Reeves responded, “Hey, no, Wild Wild West is nice … I appreciated Wild Wild West.”
When the interviewer remarked, “I’ll go as far to say I don’t think it’s as bad as people think it is,” the actor mentioned, “No, I thought it was good,” including, “It’s good. The production design, Ted Levine was the most amazing … Kevin Kline. It was good. I enjoyed it.”
Jada Pinkett Smith couldn’t consider Will Smith handed on ‘The Matrix’
Jada Pinkett Smith had auditioned for the function of Trinity in The Matrix however didn’t get the half. The a part of Niobe was later created for her within the sequels, nonetheless.
In a Vanity Fair interview, Pinkett Smith mentioned she was shocked that Will didn’t wish to play the function of Neo as he informed her that he “didn’t get it.”
“I was first introduced to it because they wanted Will Smith to play Neo,” she shared about The Matrix. “I keep in mind Will getting the deck for that film and I’m a comic book e book fan … freak, proper? So I’m taking a look at this deck and I’m going, ‘Oh my goodness, this is revolutionary. I’m like, Will, you gotta do that film!’”
When he informed her, “I don’t freakin’ get it,’” she responded, “You don’t get it? They’re gonna try to make an action comic book!”