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Old 30-09-2012, 12:14
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Apparently Tarantino wrote the lead role for Will Smith in mind.

He was so desperate for Will to do the movie that he picked Sony Pictures to distribute the movie (home of Will Smith)rather than Warner brothers who really wanted the movie, to woo Will Smith to do the movie.

He turns this down to do sequals to almost all of his movies and I'm not exaggerating- Bad boys 3, Hancock 2. I'm legend 2, I robot 2 and Independence 2 if they pay him the 50 million he is asking to do the role.

I used to really like Will Smith and would see any movie because he was in it, but lately I'm realising he is a product and his only interest is in making money rather making great films. Why else would he do what he is doing to his children.

Its great shame about Django Unchained would have loved to see him in it rather than the unlikable Jamie Fox.
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Old 30-09-2012, 13:47
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Well that is not what Will Smith said in a interview to Empire as he said he turned down Django Unchained as he was filming MIB3 and Tarantino wanted to start filming straight away so he had to drop out of Django Unchained!

It had nothing to do with those rumoured sequels that you mentioned and most of those sequels have not been confirmed to be in production anytime soon!
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Old 30-09-2012, 14:13
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He said that after he received Criticism for not taking the role, Deadline who are reliable said that Smith turned down the role because he wanted to keep his well build public persona and it would not look good for him to take the risk and play a slave in a Tarantino movie.who is known for his colourful dialogue with black actors.

Tarantino wanted to work with Smith for years I'm sure he would have waited. Bad boys 3,, Hancock 2 and I robot 2 are all confirmed. Like I said before Independence 2 depends on whether they agree to money and 'm legend 2 scrip is in the process of writing and Smith said he will do it if the script is good. Which seems crazy to me going by how the film ended how they expect to make a sequel of out it.
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Old 30-09-2012, 14:14
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Yes, I Robot 2, I Am Legend 2 and Hancock 2 have been in the development stages since their first movies came out, its just fan excitment...
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Old 30-09-2012, 14:24
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You don't think he did MIB3 because it's one of the roles that made him famous, and has a large fan base. Also, he does have a family friendly image that he would lose by doing a Tarantino film.

Also, this depiction of Sony as Will Smith's spiritual home is weird, sure he's done a lot of work for them, but looking at the list, he appears to follow scripts rather than studios
I, Robot - 20th Century Fox
I Am Legend - Warner Bros.
Independence Day - 20th Century Fox
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Old 30-09-2012, 14:26
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Will Smith does do a lot of high grossing family movies, don't blame him one bit for wanting to continue to do such movies.

Thought MIB3 was pretty good.
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Old 30-09-2012, 15:16
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Can someone please post a link to articles confirming the other sequels as I was only aware it was fan rumours apart from Indepdence Day 2 which I know was confirmed by the director!
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Old 30-09-2012, 15:57
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You don't think he did MIB3 because it's one of the roles that made him famous, and has a large fan base. Also, he does have a family friendly image that he would lose by doing a Tarantino film.

Also, this depiction of Sony as Will Smith's spiritual home is weird, sure he's done a lot of work for them, but looking at the list, he appears to follow scripts rather than studios
I, Robot - 20th Century Fox
I Am Legend - Warner Bros.
Independence Day - 20th Century Fox
Thats not what I was saying, Will Smith is known to have good working relationship with Sony and that's why Tarantino went with them.

I guess I'm the only one that sees doing sequels of movies which were not that good in the first place as bad career move.

Django Unchained could have been big box office hot for him and it would have the added value of being good script.

Doing this many sequels seems crazy to me, has any actor ever done anything like this?
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Old 30-09-2012, 15:59
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He knows what he is doing, most of his films end up being massive. He has a massive stroke of luck, just like Paul Walker, Tom Hardy and Christian Bale have in terms of making successful movies, whether it is commercially or critically.
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Old 30-09-2012, 16:01
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Well I have no idea what thus dhango unchained thing us, but can't wait for the other ones.
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Old 30-09-2012, 16:26
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Well I'm glad, when I first heard he might be taking the lead in a Tarantino film that put me right off because I can't stand the man, so was very happy when someone else got the role. So, don't care he turned it down.
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Old 30-09-2012, 19:12
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Thats not what I was saying, Will Smith is known to have good working relationship with Sony and that's why Tarantino went with them.

I guess I'm the only one that sees doing sequels of movies which were not that good in the first place as bad career move.

Django Unchained could have been big box office hot for him and it would have the added value of being good script.

Doing this many sequels seems crazy to me, has any actor ever done anything like this?
Yes, Jenifer Aniston has done the same movie and role all her life....

And I don't blame Will Smith, I've only ever seen Inglorious of Tarantino's but it was very long, and quite dull in places, and part of me wonders whether Tarantino got the irony behind it (A load of Americans complaining about the Germans ruthlessly murdering civilians, go to Germany and ruthlessly murder civilians).

Most of his film achieve an 18/R in the states, not a disaster but not exactly the kind of rating box office hits have...

Also, do we know for certain Tarantino went with Columbia for Will Smith, and not just cos they offered him a lot of money? Tarrantino's long time collaborators The Weinstein Company have US rights, and they're the only people that matter rights wise. Films are judged by their success domestically, rather than internationally. By international standards The Inbetweeners movie failed, by domestic standards, it was a smash hit...
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Old 30-09-2012, 19:39
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Will Smith does do a lot of high grossing family movies, don't blame him one bit for wanting to continue to do such movies.

Thought MIB3 was pretty good.
I agree, I liked MIB3, more than the 2nd one
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Old 30-09-2012, 19:40
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I'm not that shocked, but would of loved to see Will Smith work with QT.
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Old 30-09-2012, 19:52
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Django Unchained could have been big box office hot for him and it would have the added value of being good script.
I don't think any Tarantino movie could compete with the box office receipts Will Smith usually gets for the majority of his family orientated action/Sci Fi movies.

Men in Black 3 grossed over $600 million.
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Old 01-10-2012, 09:23
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I prefer Foxx to Smith, happy that he'll be in Django instead.
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Old 01-10-2012, 12:53
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Will Smith does need to start taking risks more. It's sequels, sequels and more sequels! However his next movie will certainly be a risk as he's appearing in the next M. Knight Shyamalan movie with his son Jaden! It's a sci-fi movie called After Earth which will be released next summer. It also stars British actress Sophie Okonedo and the chick who played the little girl in Orphan.

The only positive i can take from this is that for once the script isn't written by him! Hallelujah!
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Old 01-10-2012, 14:44
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Yes, Jenifer Aniston has done the same movie and role all her life....

And I don't blame Will Smith, I've only ever seen Inglorious of Tarantino's but it was very long, and quite dull in places, and part of me wonders whether Tarantino got the irony behind it (A load of Americans complaining about the Germans ruthlessly murdering civilians, go to Germany and ruthlessly murder civilians).
Most of his film achieve an 18/R in the states, not a disaster but not exactly the kind of rating box office hits have...

Also, do we know for certain Tarantino went with Columbia for Will Smith, and not just cos they offered him a lot of money? Tarrantino's long time collaborators The Weinstein Company have US rights, and they're the only people that matter rights wise. Films are judged by their success domestically, rather than internationally. By international standards The Inbetweeners movie failed, by domestic standards, it was a smash hit...
The Basterds did not kill any civilians, only nazis.
And they were not just made up of americans one of them was german.

The irony was that it was some jews who killed hitler.
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Old 01-10-2012, 15:01
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Maybe he didnít do it because itís years and years since QT made anything approaching a decent movie and Smith didnít want to waste his time on another hopelessly self-indulgent mess?
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:43
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Maybe he didnít do it because itís years and years since QT made anything approaching a decent movie and Smith didnít want to waste his time on another hopelessly self-indulgent mess?
The same can be said for Will Smith
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Old 02-10-2012, 12:47
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The same can be said for Will Smith
But Smith has never directed anything so his ability to influence the final quality of whatever heís in is limited whereas Tarantino rabidly covets the title auteur and is more personally responsible for the final quality, or massive lack thereof, of his projects than any other director currently working today.

Having said that, Smith is probably the most mis-cast a-lister and rarely convinces me in anything heís in. MIB aside itís hard to think of many of his movies that wouldnít have been vastly improved without him in them.
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Old 02-10-2012, 14:24
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I haven't enjoyed Will Smith in anything tbh.

Ali was ok and the first Bad Boys was passable but I haven't seen him in anything I'd class as 'excellent'.

How is he an a-list actor
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Old 02-10-2012, 17:17
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The Basterds did not kill any civilians, only nazis.
And they were not just made up of americans one of them was german.

The irony was that it was some jews who killed hitler.
Wasn't just Nazi's that were in the cinema though, and they knew it when they opened fire. They open fire after the cinema has been set alight, this meant they knew it wasn't just Nazi's inside the building, and possibly even inside the screening...
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Old 02-10-2012, 19:02
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Wasn't just Nazi's that were in the cinema though, and they knew it when they opened fire. They open fire after the cinema has been set alight, this meant they knew it wasn't just Nazi's inside the building, and possibly even inside the screening...

It was just nazi's in the cinema, becuase it was such a small venue only the high command was there. the plan was to blow it up with bombs they had strapped to themselves but the jewish girl burnt it down instead.

' Besides, to hell with the French, This is a German night, a German event, a German celebration. This night is for you, me, the German military, the high command, their family and friends. The only people who should be allowed in the room, are people who will be moved by the exploits on screen.'

And the film was set almost entirely in france not germany
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Old 02-10-2012, 19:39
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I'm generally indifferent to Will Smith, but even I can see that he nowadays only appears in films he's producing (started since I, Robot in 2004), and supports films he's producing. He's not interested if he's not producing it. He has said he wants to produce more racially diverse SF / Fantasy films for children and young adult (which is a fair point as it's criminally neglected), so he's looking to produce a film adaptation. He's already produced one: After Earth, and he's looking to do more. So yeah, I don't see Smith looking to win cred for his acting career via Tarantino as he's more interested in developing his producing career. I think he has good common sense there, actually.
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