Will Smith Reveals the Wachowskis’ Pitch That Made Him Turn Down ‘The Matrix’

Will Smith Reveals the Wachowskis’ Pitch That Made Him Turn Down ‘The Matrix’
Movie history is full of actors turning down roles that would go on to be iconic (see Burt Reynolds and James Bond as a prime example), and one that haunts Will Smith to this day is the part of Neo in “The Matrix.” The actor tells his fans he remains “not proud” of his decision to turn down the role in a viral video posted to his YouTube page. The three-minute clip finds Smith reliving the casting process and explaining what happened behind the scenes that led him to say no to such a revolutionary film.

One of the primary reasons Smith wanted to meet with the Wachowski siblings is because he wanted to get out of the alien movie bubble that dominated his career after films such as “Independence Day” and “Men in Black.” The Wachowskis had directed the cult neo-noir thriller “Bound” and had an out-of-the-box idea for
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