Will Smith has said he wasn’t digging the Wachowski’s idea for “The Matrix.” so he let the script go and decided to feature in “Wild Wild West.” instead.
In a YouTube clip this week, Will Smith said, “This is one of them stories I’m not proud of, but it’s the truth.”
“But it ain’t like it would have been that. Keanu [Reeves] was perfect. Laurence Fishburne was perfect. If I had done it then Morpheus wouldn’t have that. Keanu [Reeves] was perfect. Laurence Fishburne was perfect. If I had done it then Morpheus wouldn’t have been black because they were looking at Val Kilmer.”
Fans were concerned as to why Will did not appear in the movie since it was talk of the town in Hollywood for a while but Will confirmed that he was indeed reached for the role of Neo in “The Matrix.” but he rejected it.
His words, “They came in and they made a pitch for ‘The Matrix’ and, as it turns out, they’re geniuses, but there’s a fine line in a pitch meeting between genius and what I experienced in the meeting.”
Will Smith, known for action and romantic films, gave the reason for turning it down, and it was simple – the producer’s vision for the movie just didn’t sync with what he wanted at the time.
“The Matrix,” was released in 1999, and went on to make $463.5 million at the worldwide box office, win four Academy Awards, while “Wild Wild West” grossed $222.1 million worldwide and was critically panned.
It definitely gave me us one of my best movie theme songs ever.