Think about Will Smith as Neo. We do not blame you if you cannot, neither can we.
In a YouTube video on his channel, Will Smith defined why he turned down the lead function in The Matrix.
“After we made Males in Black, [The Matrix directors] the Wachowskis, they got here in and it was like they solely did one film – I feel it was known as Sure – and so they got here in and so they did a pitch for The Matrix,” he stated. “Because it seems, they’re geniuses, however there is a high-quality line in a pitch assembly between genius and what I skilled within the assembly.”
Smith remembers the duo telling him: “‘Dude, we’re considering like, think about you are in a struggle, and then you definitely, like, leap. Think about in case you might cease leaping in the course of the leap. However then individuals might see round you 360 whilst you’re leaping, whilst you’ve stopped leaping.”
“After which, we’re gonna invent these cameras, after which individuals can see the entire leap whilst you’re stopping in the course of the leap’,” he added.
Ultimately, Smith added that rejecting the movie was a good suggestion as a result of “I most likely would’ve messed the movie up, so I did Y’all favour!” For him, the casting of Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne was good.