The last time director Roland Emmerich talked about 'Independence Day 2,' original franchise star Will Smith was not going to be involved. At all. He was "too expensive," a "marquee name" who would be "too much." But a few months (and some time to think about the bomb that was 'After Earth') can make all the difference in the world -- it looks like Smith may end up joining the highly anticipated sequel after all.
Seventeen summers ago, Will Smith gave us the catch phrase "welcome to Earth" and then punched an alien in the face. This time he's the invading alien (kinda) and his new line "this is Earth" is much more doom and gloom than swagger. An international icon, father and potentially the next great crazy celebrity, Will Smith is finally ready to pass the baton to his son Jaden.
But it isn't a baton he's using in 'After Earth' (an original sci-fi film based on a story of Smith's own creation) but a C-40 Cutlass – a doohickey kinda like Darth Maul's lightsaber, which springs out different blades depending on what you need. Actually, we never quite know how the Cutlass in 'After Earth' works, but it is one of a number of really nifty gizmos that populates the half-baked mythos of this film.
Granted, it's the beginning of Memorial Day weekend, but some things are simply too incredible to ignore. Guesting on BBC's 'The Graham Norton Show,' Hollywood icon Will Smith surprised the crowd with an impromptu performance of 'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air' theme with his son Jaden Smith, DJed by Jazzy Jeff, but that wasn't the last of it, oh no! Carlton himself, Alfonso Ribiero, took the stage and the results are not unusual to be loved...by anyone.
After last year's 'Men in Black 3' and this year's 'After Earth,' it looks like America's favorite superstar, AKA, Will Smith, may leap back into "serious" acting for a bit, putting aside blockbusters in favor of something a little meatier. Currently under his consideration are the Hurricane Katrina story 'American Can' and the action drama 'The Accountant.'
Quentin Tarantino wrote 'Django Unchained' with Will Smith in mind to star and Smith was the first actor Tarantino approached with the script. So why didn't Will Smith star in the film? We've heard previously from Smith who said he had some "issues" with the script but never heard what those issues were. Now the actor has explained and, well, at least he's being honest.