was one of the most influential blockbusters of the '90s, forever redefining the look and feel of Hollywood action and sci-fi films, and solidifying Keanu Reeves
as a legitimate action star following the blockbuster Speed and the cult classic Point Break
. But as much as fans see Reeves as the only possible face of the franchise, the minds behind the movies, the Wachowskis had initially approached Will Smith
for the titular role of Neo in the film. And Smith still regrets turning down their offer.
During the premiere of the actor's latest sci-fi action film, Gemini Man
, which deals with him battling his younger self, Smith was asked what advice he would give his younger self if he ever got the opportunity to travel back in time. And Will Smith had a simple response:
"Yeah, probably Wild Wild West. I'd go back to the Wild Wild West and I would say,