Maybe the Fresh Prince has been hearing the critics claims for him to do “something different” with his film choices? Or, it could just be the paltry box office receipts from After Earth. Either way, the blockbuster-friendly actor is daring to be different.
Anyone who has seen Will Smith’s IMDB page, you can already see what you’re apt to get when you go see one of his projects: big, action-packed, CGI-filled box office smash hits. The former royal of Bel-Air caused quite a stir when he admitted the reason why he didn’t accept Quentin Tarantino’s invite to play the title character in Django Unchained, saying, “Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead!”
During an After Earth interview with Digital Spy, Smith said, “It’s been an absolute necessity that the movie be a blockbuster, but I think I’m going to start moving out of that and finding more danger in my artistic choices.” Where this journey leads the 44-year-old actor is an interesting one, as he’s attached to the biblical tale with a vampiric twist (The Redemption of Cain), a political thriller (The Accountant) and the film adaptation of Daniel Keyes’ sci-fi Flowers for Algernon. Smith is also slated to star alongside Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe in Winter’s Tale and will carry the torch in a Hurricane Katrina drama written by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side).
Regardless of what the future holds for Will Smith, it seems that he still carries that same fire and fervor for filmmaking that he did when he first entered the biz.
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