Will Smith Shares the Story of Why He Turned Down 'The Matrix'

Smith said had he done The Matrix, the film would have featured Morpheus played by a white person.

It has always been rumored that Will Smith was the first choice over Keanu Reeves for Neo in The Matrix- a film, and franchise, that went on to set a new standard in the action/sci-fi genre.

In the video, Smith also spoke briefly about how he originally did not want to be in Men In Black, because he had just come off Independence Day and didn't want to be type-casted as "the alien movie guy". He describes the pitch being after he made Men in Black. Of course, Smith didn't need The Matrix. And as it turns out, they're geniuses!

Smith proceeded to reenact the pitch meeting, acting as the Wachowskis as he said, "So, dude, we're thinking like, imagine you're in a fight and then you, like, jump".

While he probably regrets turning the role in retrospect, he admits that the cast of the legendary film was ideal and that he doesn't know how good the movie would have been if he was in it.

While he added that he wishes he had given the role a shot, he stressed that Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne did amazingly in the film.

Embiid's leap into seats narrowly misses actress Regina King
The 91st Academy Awards air live on ABC at 8 p.m. on February 24. Thank you God and @JoelEmbiid for your athletic abilities. Though Embiid didn't respond, he did like the tweet .

"If I had done it because I'm black, then Morpheus wouldn't have been black 'cause they were looking at Val Kilmer".

"Keanu was flawless. Laurence Fishburne was ideal", he explained.

"I did turn down Neo in The Matrix", Will confessed in a video posted on his YouTube channel.

Instead of doing The Matrix, Smith made Wild Wild West, and well, Smith acknowledged that he's "not proud of it". It was a misstep that he, and everyone else, can trace back to The Matrix pitch meeting, in which the Wachowskis attempted to sell the biggest blockbuster star on their high concept movie. "I would have ruined it, so I did y'all a favor". "It leaves reality so far behind that its storytelling would be arbitrary even by comic-book standards, and its characters share no common ground or emotional connection".

Watch Smith's full animated explanation above.

Recommended News

  • Pep Guardiola 'wants Tanguy Ndombele at Manchester City'

    Pep Guardiola 'wants Tanguy Ndombele at Manchester City'

    But Guardiola believes he has finally found a suitable replacement, but will once again need to battle United to seal the deal. The Citizens have relied heavily upon Ferandinho this season despite the 33-year-old being in the twilight of his career.

    Morris considering Lakers, Rockets, Raptors and Thunder

    But Anthony may have to wait it out as the Lakers, now three games out of the playoffs, hunt down more attractive options first. Washington traded him to the New Orleans Pelicans at the trade deadline, and then New Orleans waived him.
    Women are being put off smear tests by 'shame' over HPV virus

    Women are being put off smear tests by 'shame' over HPV virus

    All women over the age of 25, who are registered with a GP, are invited for cervical screening, also known as a "smear" test. At the same time, women with negative test results will not need to be screened as often as they are now'.
  • Joe Flacco Headed to Denver After Ravens and Broncos Agree to Deal

    Joe Flacco Headed to Denver After Ravens and Broncos Agree to Deal

    And while it might be the fix the Broncos want in 2019, quarterback still remains their biggest question mark beyond that. The move ends likely ends Keenum's time as the Broncos starting quarterback after a forgettable 2018 campaign.
    Amazon Acquires Home WiFi System Provider Eero

    Amazon Acquires Home WiFi System Provider Eero

    It's not the only company in the mesh Wi-Fi space, as several firms, such as Ubiquiti, Netgear and Linksys offer similar routers. Eero has assured that it does not track users' internet activity and that the policy will not change with the Amazon deal.
    Dutch minister enlists blue monster to prepare firms for Brexit

    Dutch minister enlists blue monster to prepare firms for Brexit

    It also offers links to articles on Brexit, including information for British people living in the Netherlands . Mr Vermeij said that by mid-afternoon about, 4,000 businesses had done the impact scan on Thursday alone.
  • Sony Xperia 10 specs leak: It’s looking like a pretty mediocre series

    Sony Xperia 10 specs leak: It’s looking like a pretty mediocre series

    As you can see in the renders above, both the Xperia 10 and 10 Plus have nearly no bottom chin, but there is a huge top bezel. And, on the Xperia 10 Plus, it is stated to have a 12MP primary sensor and an 8MP secondary sensor for portrait shots.
    Will Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Have Kids Soon?

    Will Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Have Kids Soon?

    Jonas reportedly just stood back and let his wife "do her thing", posing for photographers at the premiere of her movie. Though the picture is slightly out of focus, she captioned the post, "Find someone who looks at you like that".
    Ex-FBI official: Trump's firing of FBI head Comey triggered probe

    Ex-FBI official: Trump's firing of FBI head Comey triggered probe

    The allegations, which McCabe has denied, have been referred for investigation to the US Attorney's office in Washington. Trump criticized McCabe in a pair of Twitter messages shortly after details of his yet-to-be-aired interview surfaced.
  • Pelicans lose Davis, beat Thunder 131-122

    Pelicans lose Davis, beat Thunder 131-122

    There's no point for him to risk an injury playing for a franchise he doesn't want to play for. The Pelicans led for most of the game and by as many as 17 in the third quarter.
    What diet drinks may do to women over 50

    What diet drinks may do to women over 50

    Diet drinks may seem like healthier options than sugary sodas and fruit drinks, but studies haven't all backed up their health benefits.
    Caroline Mwatha cause of death revealed

    Caroline Mwatha cause of death revealed

    They apparently explained to KNH officials that Caroline had severe diarrhoea that led to complications and her subsequent death. Mr Martin Mwangi and Mr Godfrey Otieno were arrested on Wednesday at Dandora and detained at Buruburu Police Station overnight.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.