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Will Smith says I Am Legend is his most successful film

11.25.2015by: Brennan Klein

In more unlikely news today, Will Smith has spoken up in an interview with Awards Chatter Podcast about I AM LEGEND, of all things. The third of three films based on the classic Richard Matheson novella, it's also apparently his most artistically successful films. Go figure, right? He said:

I’m obsessed with trying to put small character dramas into the middle of blockbuster packages. The most successful I’ve ever been with that concept is I Am Legend.

I Am Legend easily could’ve been a stage play, right? You know, a one-man show, a dude with a dog — you generally would think you need a little bit more than that for a blockbuster, but to date that’s my biggest opening and my second biggest film.

So that’s an obsession for me, to not act so much that people don’t want to see it. You [can] act so much that you turn people off, or you [can] put so many creatures in it that now people don’t take the acting seriously.

I think that's the most anybody has thought about I AM LEGEND in at least five years, but that's a very interesting take on the extremely divisive movie. I enjoyed it enough as a popcorn flick, but Smith's enthusiasm makes me want to pay the film another visit. 

In I AM LEGEND:

Robert Neville, a brilliant scientist, is a survivor of a man-made plague that transforms humans into bloodthirsty mutants. He wanders alone through New York City, calling out for other possible survivors, and works on finding a cure for the plague using his own immune blood. Neville knows he is badly outnumbered and the odds are against him, and all the while, the infected wait for him to make a mistake that will deliver Neville into their hands.

I AM LEGEND also stars Alice Braga and Charlie Tahan, and it was directed by MOCKINGJAY's Francis Lawrence. If you want to check back on the movie and see if you agree with Mr. Smith, you can get it right here.

Extra Tidbit: What do you think is Will Smith's most successful movie?

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6:20PM on 11/28/2015
Or does he mean it was his last successful film.
Or does he mean it was his last successful film.
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3:37PM on 11/27/2015
I'll admit that Will Smith's performance in this is extremely good. It's too bad the rest of the movie doesn't hold up. If they lightened up on the CGI and stayed closer to the source material, this could've been excellent. Will Smith made it a better film than it has any right to be though.
I'll admit that Will Smith's performance in this is extremely good. It's too bad the rest of the movie doesn't hold up. If they lightened up on the CGI and stayed closer to the source material, this could've been excellent. Will Smith made it a better film than it has any right to be though.
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12:56PM on 11/27/2015
Movie was okay I guess but I'll stick with the book as it's a million times better.
Movie was okay I guess but I'll stick with the book as it's a million times better.
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1:07AM on 11/26/2015
I did enjoy it, and would welcome a sequel. I doubt one will ever get made though.
I did enjoy it, and would welcome a sequel. I doubt one will ever get made though.
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