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Jun. 10, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

Movie Jail

This is Movie Jail, a unique maximum security prison that houses some of the worst writers, directors, actors and producers from Hollywood and beyond. Their crimes? The offenses vary from convict to convict but most of these inmates have contributed negatively to the film world to some capacity and his or her misdeeds have covered a long enough period of time that the authorities had to intervene. In each column a defendant is put on trial, arguments are made, and then it is up to YOU, the jury, to decide if the person is guilty or not guilty of crimes against cinema. Their lives are in your hands, dude.

The Defendant

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The Case

The Prosecution: Wild Wild West, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Men in Black 2 & 3, I, Robot, Hitch, The Pursuit of Happyness, Seven Pounds, After Earth

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, today's defendant's image has taken a hit recently with talks of nepotism and scientology references swirling around his latest movie (besides being torn apart by critics) but we don't need to use those things in our prosecution against Willard Christopher "Will" Smith, Jr. We understand the risk of bringing such a high profile actor to court but we are only concerned with his film roles and his recent career trajectory. The big question the prosecution wants answered is, "Where did the Fresh Prince go?"

Even though he was a well known name because of his hit television show and Bad Boys, Mr. Smith's career really exploded with 1996's Independence Day and has starred in numerous blockbuster films since. His charisma and screen presence has been applauded by critics and fans for years. But what has Mr. Smith done with those talents? The prosecution isn't saying Mr. Smith's talents are wasted in big budget films but shouldn't he be doing something more besides tent-pole films? Yes he had dramatic turns in The Legend of Bagger Vance, The Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pounds but would you consider any of his roles in those films as great ones for an actor to really showcase his talents? Talents that Mr. Smith clearly has? The prosecution feels that these roles do not challenge Mr. Smith at all.

Mr. Smith picks very safe roles. Boringly safe roles. He's been called "the white Tom Cruise" more than once but that's not fair...to Mr. Cruise. At least Tom Cruise has had some meatier roles (Interview with a Vampire, Tropic Thunder) and has played darker characters (Magnolia, Collateral) compared to the films Mr. Smith has appeared in. Mr. Smith showed a lot of passion while making Ali and even though it wasn't a box office smash it did earn him an Oscar Nomination. Where did his drive go for making powerful, critically acclaimed and/or (not to sound pretentious) important films and not just money making monsters?

A perfect example is the defendant apparently turning down the lead in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. The prosecution isn't here to argue if Mr. Smith would have been a better or worse choice than Jamie Foxx to play Django but we feel that it was a huge mistake by the actor. He declined a role that would have lead to him (probably) being showered with accolades by critics, made him slightly cooler amongst online film nerds (it is a Tarantino movie after all) and since Django Unchained isn't a typical Will Smith flick (lots of graphic violence, controversial subject matter) it would have given the actor a slight "edge" that the prosecution feels he desperately needs.

Instead Mr. Smith has After Earth, which was directed by M. Night Shyamalan (about as opposite of Tarantino as you can get), will probably lose a lot of money and has been carved to bits by pretty much everyone. Speaking of directors, why hasn't Mr. Smith worked with better quality directors? Wouldn't you love to see him team up with Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese or the Coen Brothers? And Mr. Smith seems to enjoy sci-fi films so why not work with someone like Neil Blomkamp or on the upcoming Interstellar with Christopher Nolan?

The prosecution strongly urges the jury to declare Mr. Smith guilty. Hopefully his time in Movie Jail will be a wake up call of sorts and the actor will start to pick some more noteworthy roles that are a proper use of his talents.

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The Defense: Bad Boys 1 & 2, Independence Day, Men in Black, Enemy of the State, Ali, I, Robot, The Pursuit of Happyness, I Am Legend, Hancock

Ladies and gentlemen, the prosecution makes some very good points. Some the defense may even agree with. But you can not deny how my client has completely carried entire films time and time again. You may notice that some of the same films are on the prosecution's list and mine. That is because while these movies may have not been excellent the thing that made them better or at least salvageable was Mr. Smith. The defense isn't saying Mr. Smith is the only actor that would have made these films work but most of these movies' success (both critically and financially) are primarily due to Mr. Smith.

Look at I Am Legend, which is nowhere near a perfect film but Mr. Smith's performance makes it worth a watch and the way he carries a film is certainly evident in the early parts of the film due to Mr. Smith being the only actor on the screen. But because it's a film with a high budget involving CGI creatures and not Mr. Smith stuck with his arm under a rock like James Franco in 127 Hours, this makes his performance not worthy of acclaim?

The prosecution also argues that Mr. Smith takes "safe" roles. There is nothing wrong with an actor wanting to protect his image and Mr. Smith is such a bankable star he's probably wanted to be extra careful about such things. Even so he's managed to be in the overly violent/racist/sexist/awesome Bad Boys films and while Seven Pounds isn't great Mr. Smith is and it's one of the actor's more somber roles to date. One of those safe roles was also The Pursuit of Happyness, which is a little too sugary sweet for a drama yet Mr. Smith keeps it grounded and prevents the film from feeling like a Lifetime movie.

Now about After Earth, apparently the catalyst for bringing my client to court. Let's make it clear: After Earth is not a good movie and although it will make plenty of money in foreign markets it will certainly under perform domestically. But this is one of the very few full on misfires in Mr. Smith's career and that in itself is very impressive especially for how long of a duration Mr. Smith was considered the King of Summer Blockbusters.

One of his other big bombs was Wild Wild West which was also defecated on by critics yet it ultimately made back it's budget worldwide. The defense's point? Wild Wild West was considered one of the worst movies of the year and I'm sure After Earth will be on similar lists this year. But a lot of people still went to see these films regardless of how bad they are and most of that is solely because of Mr. Smith. That is power my friend and Mr. Smith still has loads of it.

The defense also wishes to point out that Mr. Smith has only released three films since 2008's Hancock (a film that is better than most people give it credit for) so while it may appear that the actor's career has been a little rocky lately there hasn't been that many movies to actually judge him on. The defense feels that Mr. Smith will rebound nicely with his supporting role in the upcoming movie Winter's Tale with Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe, which should lead to some new exciting roles for the actor.

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IN CLOSING...

So is it time for "Big Willie" to go to the big house? Should he "Switch" from "Miami" to Maximum Security? Is this just a case of "Parents Just Don't Understand" or...fine I'll stop with the jokes. Just tell me: is Will Smith GUILTY or NOT GUILTY?

POST YOUR VERDICT IN THE STRIKE BACK!

*The cases for and against a defendant going to Movie Jail by the author are not necessarily his views and opinions but they are some of the beliefs that one would use to effectively make an argument for both sides. Not quite a devil's advocate but you get the point. Anyways, this is all in fun so don't take it too seriously. We have a separate jail for those people called "Troll Tower" and believe me you do NOT want to go there.

WHAT SAY YOU, GUILTY OR NOT?

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LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

Kate Hudson prison

In a landslide vote against the actress, the jury found Kate Hudson absolutely guilty of all charges. The jury pointed out that while her turn as Penny Lane in Almost Famous was excellent she's done almost nothing to live up to the potential she showed in the Cameron Crowe film, which is almost a bigger crime. Instead Miss Hudson has appeared in movies that often end up nominated for Razzies and she is usually "rewarded" with a nomination for her performance as well. Miss Hudson has been escorted to Movie Jail, where she will remain until further notice. A restraining order has also been put in place that demands Miss Hudson stay at least a hundred yards away from Matthew McConaughey at all times, which will hopefully prevent them from ever making another film together.

PREVIOUS VERDICTS

GUILTY Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, Vince Vaughn, Tim Burton, The Farrelly Brothers, Michael Bay, Jessica Alba, Ice Cube, Gerard Butler, Halle Berry, Marlon Wayans, Julia Roberts, M. Night Shyamalan , Katherine Heigl , Cuba Gooding, Jr. , Tyler Perry, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson

NOT GUILTY Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Nic Cage, John Travolta, Oliver Stone, Ben Stiller, Jim Carrey, Wes Craven, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Rodriguez, Kristen Stewart, Roland Emmerich, Kevin Costner, Sandra Bullock, Hilary Swank, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, Kevin Smith, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Anna Faris, Robin Williams, Charlize Theron, Ray Liotta, Jason Statham, Paul Walker

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4:31PM on 06/14/2013

Not Guilty

Will is lucky I still like him, because as a longtime fan, I'm really disappointed. I didn't see After Earth and have no intention of seeing it (more so because of M. Night), but the fact that he's fallen in that Scientology crap makes me sad. I thought he was better than that!
Will is lucky I still like him, because as a longtime fan, I'm really disappointed. I didn't see After Earth and have no intention of seeing it (more so because of M. Night), but the fact that he's fallen in that Scientology crap makes me sad. I thought he was better than that!
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3:38PM on 06/14/2013

Not guilty

Just guilty for the terrible single Wild, Wild West.
Just guilty for the terrible single Wild, Wild West.
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10:32AM on 06/12/2013

The Black Vince Vuaghn

GUILTY. I think you are very likeable and work hard but your consistent poor choices lately suck major donkey balls. Your future projects further my point you have no plans to change your course. Add on the fact you stuff your awful adn ugly klids down our throats with no end in site.......Guilty. Go ahead and make Men in Black 4,5, and 6, Hancock 2, more terrible M Night Shamalame movies with your son but I won't watch.
GUILTY. I think you are very likeable and work hard but your consistent poor choices lately suck major donkey balls. Your future projects further my point you have no plans to change your course. Add on the fact you stuff your awful adn ugly klids down our throats with no end in site.......Guilty. Go ahead and make Men in Black 4,5, and 6, Hancock 2, more terrible M Night Shamalame movies with your son but I won't watch.
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7:46PM on 06/11/2013
not guilty
not guilty
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3:35PM on 06/11/2013

not guilty!!!!

will smith is the coolest. enough said
will smith is the coolest. enough said
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11:55AM on 06/11/2013

Sorry Big Willie

But it's the slammer for you.

GUILTY
But it's the slammer for you.

GUILTY
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8:42AM on 06/11/2013

Not Guilty

Let's be honest, the only reason he's up here, is because of Django Unchained. Folks are still upset about it and ya'll want to hang him for it.
Let's be honest, the only reason he's up here, is because of Django Unchained. Folks are still upset about it and ya'll want to hang him for it.
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4:15AM on 06/11/2013

Jail or no Jail , that is the question!

I am torn, one moment I want to throw him in movie jail and throw away the key and the next I want to keep him out of Movie Jail.
well lets see...He has lost his summer blockbuster status, made the mistake of remaking Wild Wild West, and keeps giving his kids the "Hollywood Free Pass" Card...which means he gives his son all these movie roles, that his son didnt go out on his own to do...what is the crime in that? A) the movie fans can definitely tell Will Smith GAVE his kid the roles B) the
I am torn, one moment I want to throw him in movie jail and throw away the key and the next I want to keep him out of Movie Jail.
well lets see...He has lost his summer blockbuster status, made the mistake of remaking Wild Wild West, and keeps giving his kids the "Hollywood Free Pass" Card...which means he gives his son all these movie roles, that his son didnt go out on his own to do...what is the crime in that? A) the movie fans can definitely tell Will Smith GAVE his kid the roles B) the kids seem kinda spoiled
anyhow ...Will Smith needs to focus and adjust his movie career a little, or else the Movie cops will be knocking at his door and it wont be going to Bel Air...it will be going to Movie Jail...
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3:45AM on 06/11/2013

Not guilty!

Seriously do you really want to live in a world where Paul Walker, Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Aniston can get not guilty vote but not Will Smith? I think not.
Seriously do you really want to live in a world where Paul Walker, Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Aniston can get not guilty vote but not Will Smith? I think not.
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3:28AM on 06/11/2013

I was gonna say Not Guilty, but....

the I read why Django didn't work out for him. And a grown man reading that script and still saying that he needed to be the guy to kill the bad guy...it just makes him look like a D-bag that didn't actually understand what movie he was gonna be in. He is great in films that he doesn't have to really act in, but lately...GUILTY.
And I disagree with MIB:III. That was a fun movie, but had more to do with Josh Brolin and the catchy Pitbull song than Will.
the I read why Django didn't work out for him. And a grown man reading that script and still saying that he needed to be the guy to kill the bad guy...it just makes him look like a D-bag that didn't actually understand what movie he was gonna be in. He is great in films that he doesn't have to really act in, but lately...GUILTY.
And I disagree with MIB:III. That was a fun movie, but had more to do with Josh Brolin and the catchy Pitbull song than Will.
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12:25AM on 06/11/2013

Guilty Guilty GUILTY!!

It's been a long damn time since I ever understood why Smith is considered one of the biggest stars in the world. He's not all that, screw him. When was the last time he pulled that kind of weight domestically? We can't really judge the overseas audiences, but we can judge the response he gets here... and it ain't all that
It's been a long damn time since I ever understood why Smith is considered one of the biggest stars in the world. He's not all that, screw him. When was the last time he pulled that kind of weight domestically? We can't really judge the overseas audiences, but we can judge the response he gets here... and it ain't all that
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12:22AM on 06/11/2013

Aw Hell NO

Not guilty
Not guilty
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12:19AM on 06/11/2013

Next on the docket?

Sorry for the dup posts.
Sorry for the dup posts.
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12:08AM on 06/11/2013

Yes, he fucking sucks.

Will Smith has never been a good actor. Never. His movies have never been more than mediocre.
Will Smith has never been a good actor. Never. His movies have never been more than mediocre.
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11:52PM on 06/10/2013

Next on the docket?

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11:44PM on 06/10/2013

Not Guilty

I can't defend Paul Walker and then throw Big Willy to the wolves. Not Guilty.
I can't defend Paul Walker and then throw Big Willy to the wolves. Not Guilty.
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11:36PM on 06/10/2013

Not Guilty

Haven't seen After Earth, but even assuming it's as bad as it's been made out to be, it's just one movie. MIB 3 last year was a pleasant surprise and rivals the original in quality. Seven Pounds was only ok, but before that he had several good movies in a row (Hancock, I Am Legend, Pursuit of Happyness, and Hitch). Yea, I wish he would choose more roles along the lines of Enemy of the State, or even make a villain turn, but it's not like he's in the company of Nic Cage or John Travolta
Haven't seen After Earth, but even assuming it's as bad as it's been made out to be, it's just one movie. MIB 3 last year was a pleasant surprise and rivals the original in quality. Seven Pounds was only ok, but before that he had several good movies in a row (Hancock, I Am Legend, Pursuit of Happyness, and Hitch). Yea, I wish he would choose more roles along the lines of Enemy of the State, or even make a villain turn, but it's not like he's in the company of Nic Cage or John Travolta churning out crap time in and time out.
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10:27PM on 06/10/2013

Guiltiest

Not only is he guilty personally but he's also poisoned the entire pop culture landscape with his scorched earth campaign to prove to us that his son is a movie star.
Not only is he guilty personally but he's also poisoned the entire pop culture landscape with his scorched earth campaign to prove to us that his son is a movie star.
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10:12PM on 06/10/2013

NOT GUILTY

Why do people keep saying his choices are safe? He's been in movies of several genres. In fact, HANCOCK was a pretty big risk because it had a very original premise that not everyone would like. If his acting in blockbusters isn't very deep is because he knows people are expecting him to be "that guy". And I'm fine with it, because I know that he'll do his best in dramatic roles, because he already has. 7 POUNDS' problems were in the execution, so he couldn't have known.

More importantly,
Why do people keep saying his choices are safe? He's been in movies of several genres. In fact, HANCOCK was a pretty big risk because it had a very original premise that not everyone would like. If his acting in blockbusters isn't very deep is because he knows people are expecting him to be "that guy". And I'm fine with it, because I know that he'll do his best in dramatic roles, because he already has. 7 POUNDS' problems were in the execution, so he couldn't have known.

More importantly, unlike other stars, he learns from his mistakes. I don't know if he regrets turning down DJANGO, but he said he regreted turning down THE MATRIX to do WILD, WILD WEST. And after his 2 flops in 2008 he knew it was time for a break. OK, maybe that was to focus on his nepotism side, but he came back with MEN IN BLACK 3. It wasn't great, but at least it had more effort than the 2nd one, a very rushed production. And a few days ago he said that he won't do blockbusters for a while, which is obviously because of the negative reception AFTER EARTH is getting. However, I don't know what that will mean for the already announced M.I.B. 4 and the WILD BUNCH remake.

Why is HITCH in the Prosecution? When it comes to traditional rom-coms, critics and audiences agree it's one of the better of the bunch. And why hasn't anybody mention SHARK TALE? Oh, and the lack of comments on ENEMY OF THE STATE so far proof my point about it being overrated and forgettable.

Finally, I want to say that his charm outweights his ego. Oh, and that his hosting made me enjoy the Kids Choice Awards. And I don't say that very often.
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9:47PM on 06/10/2013

Not Guilty

Wow, reading these comments it seems like people think Will Smith is the first A-List actor in the history of film to turn down a role b/c they didn't think it fit their image or had different ideas about the character. News Flash, this happens all the time. Yeah, Smith has made some bad films, but I think there's more good than bad overall.
Wow, reading these comments it seems like people think Will Smith is the first A-List actor in the history of film to turn down a role b/c they didn't think it fit their image or had different ideas about the character. News Flash, this happens all the time. Yeah, Smith has made some bad films, but I think there's more good than bad overall.
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9:39PM on 06/10/2013

GUILTY

Even his successes of the past few years have been mediocre at best. I feel like he should be doing much better movies. He seems like a very likable guy, but his movies just bore me.
Even his successes of the past few years have been mediocre at best. I feel like he should be doing much better movies. He seems like a very likable guy, but his movies just bore me.
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8:38PM on 06/10/2013

Guilty

I've lost some respect for Will Smith as of late. When I read he turned down Django Unchained because he wouldn't be the star character in the film, I personally thought that was ludicrous, and made him seem incredibly selfish. What was so mind boggling was after finally seeing the movie, I WOULD say he was the main character. He's got time to star hardly in After Earth though apparently, (which was horrendous). Very glad he did turn the film down though because as an actor I think Jamie Foxx
I've lost some respect for Will Smith as of late. When I read he turned down Django Unchained because he wouldn't be the star character in the film, I personally thought that was ludicrous, and made him seem incredibly selfish. What was so mind boggling was after finally seeing the movie, I WOULD say he was the main character. He's got time to star hardly in After Earth though apparently, (which was horrendous). Very glad he did turn the film down though because as an actor I think Jamie Foxx is superior. I did dig The Pursuit of Happiness though so I couldn't say guilty from that one.
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8:01PM on 06/10/2013

Guilty

I've lost some respect for Will Smith as of late. When I read he turned down Django Unchained because he wouldn't be the star character in the film, I personally thought that was ludicrous, and made him seem incredibly selfish. What was so mind boggling was after finally seeing the movie, I WOULD say he was the main character. He's got time to star hardly in After Earth though apparently, (which was horrendous). Very glad he did turn the film down though because as an actor I think Jamie Foxx
I've lost some respect for Will Smith as of late. When I read he turned down Django Unchained because he wouldn't be the star character in the film, I personally thought that was ludicrous, and made him seem incredibly selfish. What was so mind boggling was after finally seeing the movie, I WOULD say he was the main character. He's got time to star hardly in After Earth though apparently, (which was horrendous). Very glad he did turn the film down though because as an actor I think Jamie Foxx is superior. I did dig The Pursuit of Happiness though so I couldn't say guilty from that one.
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7:53PM on 06/10/2013

Guilty

I've lost some respect for Will Smith as of late. When I read he turned down Django Unchained because he wouldn't be the star character in the film, I personally thought that was ludicrous, and made him seem incredibly selfish. What was so mind boggling was after finally seeing the movie, I WOULD say he was the main character. He's got time to star hardly in After Earth though apparently, (which was horrendous). Very glad he did turn the film down though because as an actor I think Jamie Foxx
I've lost some respect for Will Smith as of late. When I read he turned down Django Unchained because he wouldn't be the star character in the film, I personally thought that was ludicrous, and made him seem incredibly selfish. What was so mind boggling was after finally seeing the movie, I WOULD say he was the main character. He's got time to star hardly in After Earth though apparently, (which was horrendous). Very glad he did turn the film down though because as an actor I think Jamie Foxx is superior. I did dig The Pursuit of Happiness though so I couldn't say guilty from that one.
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7:39PM on 06/10/2013

GUILTY

Not just for his movie crimes but because his spawn will be polluting movie and music culture for the next 50 years, no matter if anyone wants them to or not. Give em the movie electric chair.
Not just for his movie crimes but because his spawn will be polluting movie and music culture for the next 50 years, no matter if anyone wants them to or not. Give em the movie electric chair.
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7:33PM on 06/10/2013

Guilty

It took me a while to earn respect for Smith. I never felt he deserved the adulation that he's constantly receiving, as I do not feel he is a talented actor at all - just a charismatic man who makes movies people happen to like, and they like him for that. Then, when I saw an interview where even he admitted that he doesn't consider himself the most talented person, but he works hard for his achievements, I grew to respect him. However, in light of recent comments he's made, that respect has
It took me a while to earn respect for Smith. I never felt he deserved the adulation that he's constantly receiving, as I do not feel he is a talented actor at all - just a charismatic man who makes movies people happen to like, and they like him for that. Then, when I saw an interview where even he admitted that he doesn't consider himself the most talented person, but he works hard for his achievements, I grew to respect him. However, in light of recent comments he's made, that respect has been lost. His turning down the role in Django, not because the role was "unsafe" but because he felt the part wasn't big enough for him, and his whining that After Earth was "the first time in 20 years I didn't have a movie open at #1", well, let's just say it is clear where Jaden gets his ego from. Smith, while a bankable star, does not possess the level of talent worthy of such arrogance, and it's painfully obvious now that he has no concern for his art, merely for being a star. And for that reason, he will continue to make mediocre films that center on him rather than powerful films that center on the story. And that is why he deserves to go to movie jail. Rein that ego in, Mr. Smith. You don't deserve it.
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7:10PM on 06/10/2013

He could've been Neo

He passed on the Matrix to do Wild Wild West his priorities are clearly in order.
He passed on the Matrix to do Wild Wild West his priorities are clearly in order.
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6:42AM on 06/11/2013
Im glad he wasnt neo, or the matrix would have sucked aswell
Im glad he wasnt neo, or the matrix would have sucked aswell
7:05PM on 06/10/2013

Not Guilty

There is no way he should be found guilty. Yes he has made some awful movies recently however he still has plenty of time to turn that around. On top of that I'd be very surprised if he is still doing these awful movies 10 years from now.
There is no way he should be found guilty. Yes he has made some awful movies recently however he still has plenty of time to turn that around. On top of that I'd be very surprised if he is still doing these awful movies 10 years from now.
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6:54PM on 06/10/2013
Guilty.
Always has been. Smith has never been an actor, he's a star. His "range" is so severely limited, it's always left me stumped why so many consider him so terrific....beyond that, his recent nepotism has been beyond off-putting, and I'm thankful people have wised up, and "After Earth" is tanking.
Guilty.
Always has been. Smith has never been an actor, he's a star. His "range" is so severely limited, it's always left me stumped why so many consider him so terrific....beyond that, his recent nepotism has been beyond off-putting, and I'm thankful people have wised up, and "After Earth" is tanking.
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6:38PM on 06/10/2013

Guilty

I've lost some respect for Will Smith as of late. When I read he turned down Django Unchained because he wouldn't be the star character in the film, I personally thought that was ludicrous, and made him seem incredibly selfish. What was so mind boggling was after finally seeing the movie, I WOULD say he was the main character. He's got time to star hardly in After Earth though apparently, (which was horrendous). Very glad he did turn the film down though because as an actor I think Jamie Foxx
I've lost some respect for Will Smith as of late. When I read he turned down Django Unchained because he wouldn't be the star character in the film, I personally thought that was ludicrous, and made him seem incredibly selfish. What was so mind boggling was after finally seeing the movie, I WOULD say he was the main character. He's got time to star hardly in After Earth though apparently, (which was horrendous). Very glad he did turn the film down though because as an actor I think Jamie Foxx is superior. I did dig The Pursuit of Happiness though so I couldn't say guilty from that one.
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6:34PM on 06/10/2013

Guilty

I've lost some respect for Will Smith as of late. When I read he turned down Django Unchained because he wouldn't be the star character in the film, I personally thought that was ludicrous, and made him seem incredibly selfish. What was so mind boggling was after finally seeing the movie, I WOULD say he was the main character. He's got time to star hardly in After Earth though apparently, (which was horrendous). Very glad he did turn the film down though because as an actor I think Jamie Foxx
I've lost some respect for Will Smith as of late. When I read he turned down Django Unchained because he wouldn't be the star character in the film, I personally thought that was ludicrous, and made him seem incredibly selfish. What was so mind boggling was after finally seeing the movie, I WOULD say he was the main character. He's got time to star hardly in After Earth though apparently, (which was horrendous). Very glad he did turn the film down though because as an actor I think Jamie Foxx is superior. I did dig The Pursuit of Happiness though so I couldn't say guilty from that one.
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6:24PM on 06/10/2013

Not Guilty

Wild Wild West and AE were the only truly crappy movies in his arsenal, and they were intended to be summer blockbusters, so forgiveness is easy. Better actors have done much worse.

If Paul Walker and Nic Cage are not guilty, then theres no way in hell Will Smith is guilty. He's also not doing direct-to-video-like work like Robert De Niro and Bruce Willis.
Wild Wild West and AE were the only truly crappy movies in his arsenal, and they were intended to be summer blockbusters, so forgiveness is easy. Better actors have done much worse.

If Paul Walker and Nic Cage are not guilty, then theres no way in hell Will Smith is guilty. He's also not doing direct-to-video-like work like Robert De Niro and Bruce Willis.
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6:18PM on 06/10/2013

Guilty

He needs to learn to actually co-star with other actors instead of worrying about headlining a film as the only star.
He needs to learn to actually co-star with other actors instead of worrying about headlining a film as the only star.
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6:11PM on 06/10/2013

Guilty

He needs to learn to actually co-star with other actors instead of worrying about headlining a film as the only star.
He needs to learn to actually co-star with other actors instead of worrying about headlining a film as the only star.
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6:01PM on 06/10/2013

Not guilty for now

His career started out strong & I love the Bad Boys films, MIB movies & ID4. There some movies that don't deserve to be on the prosecution, like MIB 2 & 3(3 was surprising good), Hitch was funny for a romcom & I dig I Robot. It seems he will have to relay to doing sequels then I would probably say guilty, but his stock is falling fast.
His career started out strong & I love the Bad Boys films, MIB movies & ID4. There some movies that don't deserve to be on the prosecution, like MIB 2 & 3(3 was surprising good), Hitch was funny for a romcom & I dig I Robot. It seems he will have to relay to doing sequels then I would probably say guilty, but his stock is falling fast.
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5:51PM on 06/10/2013
Guilty and both "Bad Boys" are garbage.
Guilty and both "Bad Boys" are garbage.
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4:47PM on 06/10/2013

Cant believe I'm the first to say this but... Ahhh Hell No!!

I would find him NOT GUILTY on account that while I am unhappy with his recent career trajectory and the overindulgence of shoving his talentless children into the spotlight, I still listen when his name is attached to a film (albeit immediately tuning out when his kids name comes too), and if he was in something I was remotely interested in seeing, his abilities as an actor wouldn't come into question as I purchased a ticket.

I say you let him off this time with a mandatory 2 year probation
I would find him NOT GUILTY on account that while I am unhappy with his recent career trajectory and the overindulgence of shoving his talentless children into the spotlight, I still listen when his name is attached to a film (albeit immediately tuning out when his kids name comes too), and if he was in something I was remotely interested in seeing, his abilities as an actor wouldn't come into question as I purchased a ticket.

I say you let him off this time with a mandatory 2 year probation and if we ever see him in this court again may his fines be doubled. Court adjourned.
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4:35PM on 06/10/2013

Guilty

I've grown kinda of tired of him. I like him, but I haven't been excited to see any of the movies he has been in lately. Looking at his IMDB page he isn't going to turn around my opinion with the up coming Bad Boys 3, I, Robot 2 or Hancock 2. These are sequels that really don't ever need to be made.
I've grown kinda of tired of him. I like him, but I haven't been excited to see any of the movies he has been in lately. Looking at his IMDB page he isn't going to turn around my opinion with the up coming Bad Boys 3, I, Robot 2 or Hancock 2. These are sequels that really don't ever need to be made.
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4:05PM on 06/10/2013

Guilty..kind of

Hes a cool guy and a good actor but hes guilty for taking no risks, being not able or brave enough to live up to his potential, having an oversized ego and pushing his children down our throats.
Hes a cool guy and a good actor but hes guilty for taking no risks, being not able or brave enough to live up to his potential, having an oversized ego and pushing his children down our throats.
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3:59PM on 06/10/2013
Guilty
Guilty
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3:49PM on 06/10/2013

Not guilty

I loved The Legend off Bagger Vance.

His best performance to date IMO is Ali.
I loved The Legend off Bagger Vance.

His best performance to date IMO is Ali.
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2:57PM on 06/10/2013

I'm giving your prosecution and defense a HUGE thumbs down.

You have Hitch listed as a film for his Prosecution, it was great, but yet you have Independence Day as a film listed for his Defense....AWFUL!

Also, you have I, Robot listed under both, and Hancock list under defense?!
You have Hitch listed as a film for his Prosecution, it was great, but yet you have Independence Day as a film listed for his Defense....AWFUL!

Also, you have I, Robot listed under both, and Hancock list under defense?!
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2:31PM on 06/10/2013

First off. I like Bagger Vance

Are you kidding me? Actually look at his filmography. Since 2009, he has been in two movies. Men In Black 3 and After Earth. The reception of one has been good and another has been bad. Sorry but does that neutral performance make someone guilty? I don't think so. Okay, he didn't do Django. Was the movie not AWESOME with Foxx? Don't take unnecessary hate on others out on someone like Will Smith who can not only take it, but for some reason seems to get it alot.
Are you kidding me? Actually look at his filmography. Since 2009, he has been in two movies. Men In Black 3 and After Earth. The reception of one has been good and another has been bad. Sorry but does that neutral performance make someone guilty? I don't think so. Okay, he didn't do Django. Was the movie not AWESOME with Foxx? Don't take unnecessary hate on others out on someone like Will Smith who can not only take it, but for some reason seems to get it alot.
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2:04PM on 06/10/2013

Guilty

Currently guilty of all charges, he makes nothing but safe big budget movies, probably for the larger pay checks. Most of these big budget movies are lame, repetitive, and one dimensional. MIB3, After Earth, Wild Wild West, Independence Day, Hancock and I, Robot. A couple of those movies I enjoyed, and I grew up on Fresh Prince, but this guy plays it so safe and boring. This is a temporary sentence, and hold no personal animosity towards Willard, just want to see something new, gritty and
Currently guilty of all charges, he makes nothing but safe big budget movies, probably for the larger pay checks. Most of these big budget movies are lame, repetitive, and one dimensional. MIB3, After Earth, Wild Wild West, Independence Day, Hancock and I, Robot. A couple of those movies I enjoyed, and I grew up on Fresh Prince, but this guy plays it so safe and boring. This is a temporary sentence, and hold no personal animosity towards Willard, just want to see something new, gritty and original from him. P.S. Hancock was entertaining and a little risky considering the character had imperfections, but it still was a BIG budget movie.
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1:58PM on 06/10/2013

Not Guilty but...

stop pushing your kid on us.
I enjoy most of Will's movies, but his kid has got to go.
stop pushing your kid on us.
I enjoy most of Will's movies, but his kid has got to go.
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1:20PM on 06/10/2013

Not guilty

Not guilty and this trial is just preposterous. Although admittedly he doesn't challenge himself and coasts on his name, he hasn't done too many movies that are outright bad. MIB3, Hitch, I Robot, The Pursuit of Happyness, shouldn't even be used on the prosecution side as they are actually well-liked. This charge is clearly a knee-jerk reaction.
Not guilty and this trial is just preposterous. Although admittedly he doesn't challenge himself and coasts on his name, he hasn't done too many movies that are outright bad. MIB3, Hitch, I Robot, The Pursuit of Happyness, shouldn't even be used on the prosecution side as they are actually well-liked. This charge is clearly a knee-jerk reaction.
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1:17PM on 06/10/2013
Barely going to give him a Not Guilty. I really like I am Legend, and I Robot, more-so due to the story rather than him as an actor, many of his films are watchable, but nothing memorable. He needs to work with a director that can bring his talent out of him and keep his prince of bel-air boisterousness to a minimum.
Barely going to give him a Not Guilty. I really like I am Legend, and I Robot, more-so due to the story rather than him as an actor, many of his films are watchable, but nothing memorable. He needs to work with a director that can bring his talent out of him and keep his prince of bel-air boisterousness to a minimum.
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1:06PM on 06/10/2013

Not Guilty

Shouldn't even be on this list!
Shouldn't even be on this list!
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12:48PM on 06/10/2013

what Cate88 says!

Not guilty(does enough decent films) but he should take more risks and definitely should have done Django!
Not guilty(does enough decent films) but he should take more risks and definitely should have done Django!
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12:37PM on 06/10/2013

"The White Tom Cruise" ???

Are you sure people call him this?

Guilty BTW
Are you sure people call him this?

Guilty BTW
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12:28PM on 06/10/2013

Not Guilty

But he should have done Django!
But he should have done Django!
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12:27PM on 06/10/2013

Guilty

I'm going to tack on the fact that he keeps pushing his talentless kids on the public at large. Add that to the wholesale dumbing down of a project mainly due to his involvement (I Am Legend, I, Robot), and you've got a good case against him.
I'm going to tack on the fact that he keeps pushing his talentless kids on the public at large. Add that to the wholesale dumbing down of a project mainly due to his involvement (I Am Legend, I, Robot), and you've got a good case against him.
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12:55PM on 06/10/2013
I can not agree with you more. You said pretty much the same exact thing that I was going to. I have had a hell of a time with some of his movies when I look back at what he has done, the bad has outweighed the good for me. In his almost 20 years on film he has not shown any great significant improvement. I say he's Guilty!
I can not agree with you more. You said pretty much the same exact thing that I was going to. I have had a hell of a time with some of his movies when I look back at what he has done, the bad has outweighed the good for me. In his almost 20 years on film he has not shown any great significant improvement. I say he's Guilty!
12:27PM on 06/10/2013

Really?

People actually don't like MIB3? I love that movie, I was under the impression that most of the world loved it too.
People actually don't like MIB3? I love that movie, I was under the impression that most of the world loved it too.
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1:22PM on 06/10/2013
It's amazing! U am also surprised by the venom I see being pushed it's way.
It's amazing! U am also surprised by the venom I see being pushed it's way.
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12:24PM on 06/10/2013

Not Guilty

I am not a Will Smith fan at all, and I will gladly vote Guilty in five years as his career hopefully continues to crumble. But as of now, the guy's misses in total do not match the success of his hits.
I am not a Will Smith fan at all, and I will gladly vote Guilty in five years as his career hopefully continues to crumble. But as of now, the guy's misses in total do not match the success of his hits.
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12:22PM on 06/10/2013

Not Guilty

The good for smith easily outweighs the bad by far. Smith has only recently missed a step or two and I'm sure that he'll get back on track.
The good for smith easily outweighs the bad by far. Smith has only recently missed a step or two and I'm sure that he'll get back on track.
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12:16PM on 06/10/2013

GUILTY!

So sick of him - he is capable of so much more.
So sick of him - he is capable of so much more.
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12:13PM on 06/10/2013

Not Guilty

Will Smith has had one utterly terrible film 'Wild Wild West', and a few misfires 'Hancock', although he was excellent in that, and brought that edge the prosecution was looking for, 'Bad Boys 2', and 'Men In Black 2'. Both are hampered by frustrating direction and underserved scripts, neither which I blame Mr. Smith for.

That track record for any actor, much less one who has made so many blockbusters is damn near impossible to keep up. In my opinion, his record is better than Mr. Cruise's,
Will Smith has had one utterly terrible film 'Wild Wild West', and a few misfires 'Hancock', although he was excellent in that, and brought that edge the prosecution was looking for, 'Bad Boys 2', and 'Men In Black 2'. Both are hampered by frustrating direction and underserved scripts, neither which I blame Mr. Smith for.

That track record for any actor, much less one who has made so many blockbusters is damn near impossible to keep up. In my opinion, his record is better than Mr. Cruise's, and I find Cruise to be underrated as an actor.

As for 'After Earth', it's not nearly as bad as I had read before seeing it. It's not great, but there were exciting moments and the score was excellent (for my money, 'Star Trek: Into Darkness' is far worse and way, way more insulting).

On a final side note, 'Men In Black 3' was perfect, and should be on the defense.
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12:09PM on 06/10/2013

Guilty

Remember that movie where Will Smith played that cold, calculating crack dealer/ pimp with bi-sexual tendancies? Exactly.
Remember that movie where Will Smith played that cold, calculating crack dealer/ pimp with bi-sexual tendancies? Exactly.
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12:01PM on 06/10/2013

Not guilty, Smith is too respectable and cool for movie jail

Will Smith is a very respectable person, and while he may have been in some "so-so" features (Who hasn't????), he has been good in everything. Also, "The Legend of Bagger Vance", "Men in Black 3", and "I, Robot" are good films. "Hancock", not so much.
Will Smith is a very respectable person, and while he may have been in some "so-so" features (Who hasn't????), he has been good in everything. Also, "The Legend of Bagger Vance", "Men in Black 3", and "I, Robot" are good films. "Hancock", not so much.
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11:56AM on 06/10/2013

Not guilty.

He just has had a string of bad movies after I Am Legend and none of it has had to do with him specifically. I mean two of the last few films he's done were with Shyamalan and Peter Berg who both have some of the worst track records after their early successes. He also needs to broaden his horizons and be in movies in which he isn't the main star. His stuff with QT and Django really inflated his ego as he said he wanted to be the star of the movie, but obviously both the leads were the star. He
He just has had a string of bad movies after I Am Legend and none of it has had to do with him specifically. I mean two of the last few films he's done were with Shyamalan and Peter Berg who both have some of the worst track records after their early successes. He also needs to broaden his horizons and be in movies in which he isn't the main star. His stuff with QT and Django really inflated his ego as he said he wanted to be the star of the movie, but obviously both the leads were the star. He needs to take some smaller roles in ensemble movies and not all blockbusters. He's just going to become typecast as the big action guy for the rest of his career if he doesn't open up to different kinds of movies!
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11:42AM on 06/10/2013

Not guilty...but maybe probation...

While Big Willy aka The Fresh Prince has made some misfires (After Earth, Wild Wild West, MIB 2, Seven Pounds, and even I am Legend) he has done some enjoyable films that have made big impacts: MIB, Independence Day (cheesy as hell today, but I saw it in the theaters 4 times because a black man had top billing in a summer blockbuster - AND HE DIDN'T DIE!) and Pursuit of Happyness was interesting. I, Robot and Hancock could have been so much more...but overall, it's still too early - yes, I
While Big Willy aka The Fresh Prince has made some misfires (After Earth, Wild Wild West, MIB 2, Seven Pounds, and even I am Legend) he has done some enjoyable films that have made big impacts: MIB, Independence Day (cheesy as hell today, but I saw it in the theaters 4 times because a black man had top billing in a summer blockbuster - AND HE DIDN'T DIE!) and Pursuit of Happyness was interesting. I, Robot and Hancock could have been so much more...but overall, it's still too early - yes, I said it - in Will Smith's career to put him in movie jail.

Come back in 20 years.

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11:39AM on 06/10/2013

Guilty

I want to preface this by saying that I am a Will Smith fan. Not counting voice work (cartoons), I own more Will Smith movies than any other. But the fact is that he chooses some movies because they are likely to make a lot of money. Most of his recent movies are examples of this, and these movies are usually very bad. The sentence should be probation, however, with the condition be that he let somebody else choose what movies he is going to star in for the next five years. Also, he has to
I want to preface this by saying that I am a Will Smith fan. Not counting voice work (cartoons), I own more Will Smith movies than any other. But the fact is that he chooses some movies because they are likely to make a lot of money. Most of his recent movies are examples of this, and these movies are usually very bad. The sentence should be probation, however, with the condition be that he let somebody else choose what movies he is going to star in for the next five years. Also, he has to stay out of his son's career from now on. If Jaden has the talent to succeed, fine. But if not let him fail so that other, more talented actors can succeed in his place.
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11:37AM on 06/10/2013

NOT guilty!

Subjective defenses aside, Mr. Smith also is the latest in a string of examples in which I think, quite simply...

...THE ACTOR NEEDS TO FIRE THEIR AGENT ALREADY!

What's more, though, I actually think that it was wise of Mr. Smith to decline the pseudo-titular role of DJANGO UNCHAINED. Why? Because his decision was based upon the fact that *Django isn't really the star of the movie.* It's all about a certain German dentist/bounty hunger, and who won the Academy Award? Who was even
Subjective defenses aside, Mr. Smith also is the latest in a string of examples in which I think, quite simply...

...THE ACTOR NEEDS TO FIRE THEIR AGENT ALREADY!

What's more, though, I actually think that it was wise of Mr. Smith to decline the pseudo-titular role of DJANGO UNCHAINED. Why? Because his decision was based upon the fact that *Django isn't really the star of the movie.* It's all about a certain German dentist/bounty hunger, and who won the Academy Award? Who was even NOMINATED for it? NOT Django himself, that's for sure! Mr. Smith would have been just as overlooked in this case, and he knew that - he made a smart decision there.

Not guilty. All the way.
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7:40PM on 06/10/2013
but that's exactly why he's guilty. he let his ego get in the way of attaching himself to a great project. he's too concerned with being a star, not concerned enough with making a good movie. even his best movies are just pretty average.
but that's exactly why he's guilty. he let his ego get in the way of attaching himself to a great project. he's too concerned with being a star, not concerned enough with making a good movie. even his best movies are just pretty average.
11:34AM on 06/10/2013

Guilty

He's as guilty as can be.
He's as guilty as can be.
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11:08AM on 06/10/2013

Not guilty

I'm going not guilty on this one. While his son needs to get humble (maybe After Earth's domestic failure will help him on his way), I've never seen Will's arrogance as malicious. In fact he's known to be one of the nicest guys in Hollywood. And while I legitimately hate some of his movies (Bad Boys II, Wild Wild West, After Earth) and thought MiB2 was weak (but I don't hate it), almost every other film he's made is pretty damn good. Men in Black is one of the best movies of the 90s and part 3
I'm going not guilty on this one. While his son needs to get humble (maybe After Earth's domestic failure will help him on his way), I've never seen Will's arrogance as malicious. In fact he's known to be one of the nicest guys in Hollywood. And while I legitimately hate some of his movies (Bad Boys II, Wild Wild West, After Earth) and thought MiB2 was weak (but I don't hate it), almost every other film he's made is pretty damn good. Men in Black is one of the best movies of the 90s and part 3 was decent. ID4 and the first Bad Boys aren't masterpieces, but they're fun as hell. He deserved the Oscar for Pursuit of Happyness and his performances in Bagger Vance, Ali and I Am Legend are great as well. I even liked Hancock and I, Robot (Aw, hell nah!). So while I wish he never put his obnoxious son in the spotlight, Big Willie's okay in my book.
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11:02AM on 06/10/2013

Not Guilty

1) How can you hold NOT being in a movie against him? Sure it may have been a stupid movie to not be in Django Unchained, but you can say with any certainty that him being in it would have made the movie better or worse. Or what it could have done for his career.
2) You're going to say he shows no range of talent? Sure, in his action movies he tends to play specific types of characters. But watch Bad Boys (1 or 2), Independence Day and take in that performance. Then go watch I Am Legend
1) How can you hold NOT being in a movie against him? Sure it may have been a stupid movie to not be in Django Unchained, but you can say with any certainty that him being in it would have made the movie better or worse. Or what it could have done for his career.
2) You're going to say he shows no range of talent? Sure, in his action movies he tends to play specific types of characters. But watch Bad Boys (1 or 2), Independence Day and take in that performance. Then go watch I Am Legend and the last 15 minutes of Pursuit of Happyness and Ali and come back and tell me he has no range as an actor. Whether or not you think Pursuit of Happyness is any good, the ending to that movie shows incredible range for Will Smith.
3) Sure he's made some bad calls in the last little while with SOME of his movies. And After Earth is probably the most prominent of that. But that movie isn't bad because of Will Smith, it's bad because of his son and a horrible script and direction from M. Night. In fact, every review I've read about it says the one good thing about the movie is Will Smith.
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11:00AM on 06/10/2013

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wow, the brothas cant catch a break from some of you guys. I dont get it, you vote not guilty for Nic Cage who has been in more garbage roles than anyone. its alright though, everyone has their opinion.
wow, the brothas cant catch a break from some of you guys. I dont get it, you vote not guilty for Nic Cage who has been in more garbage roles than anyone. its alright though, everyone has their opinion.
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10:58AM on 06/10/2013

Not Guilty

1) How can you hold NOT being in a movie against him? Sure it may have been a stupid movie to not be in Django Unchained, but you can say with any certainty that him being in it would have made the movie better or worse. Or what it could have done for his career.
2) You're going to say he shows no range of talent? Sure, in his action movies he tends to play specific types of characters. But watch Bad Boys (1 or 2), Independence Day and take in that performance. Then go watch I Am Legend
1) How can you hold NOT being in a movie against him? Sure it may have been a stupid movie to not be in Django Unchained, but you can say with any certainty that him being in it would have made the movie better or worse. Or what it could have done for his career.
2) You're going to say he shows no range of talent? Sure, in his action movies he tends to play specific types of characters. But watch Bad Boys (1 or 2), Independence Day and take in that performance. Then go watch I Am Legend and the last 15 minutes of Pursuit of Happyness and Ali and come back and tell me he has no range as an actor. Whether or not you think Pursuit of Happyness is any good, the ending to that movie shows incredible range for Will Smith.
3) Sure he's made some bad calls in the last little while with SOME of his movies. And After Earth is probably the most prominent of that. But that movie isn't bad because of Will Smith, it's bad because of his son and a horrible script and direction from M. Night. In fact, every review I've read about it says the one good thing about the movie is Will Smith.
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10:51AM on 06/10/2013

Guilty

Used to be as cool with this guy as anyone else, but he just doesn't seem to give a shit anymore. Look at MIB3. Not that hopes were high - not in the least - but he didn't even exert effort in attempt to make it work. Always sticks out in my memory that in one climactic running scene he barely musters a half-assed jog. And as nostalgically charming as it can be, how many times is he going to promote films by rapping the Fresh Prince theme on talk shows? Time for a new schtick, Big Willie.
Used to be as cool with this guy as anyone else, but he just doesn't seem to give a shit anymore. Look at MIB3. Not that hopes were high - not in the least - but he didn't even exert effort in attempt to make it work. Always sticks out in my memory that in one climactic running scene he barely musters a half-assed jog. And as nostalgically charming as it can be, how many times is he going to promote films by rapping the Fresh Prince theme on talk shows? Time for a new schtick, Big Willie.
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11:02AM on 06/10/2013
MIB3 was a pretty decent flick. Sure it was probably unnecessary, but it was definitely a good entry into the franchise.


And as far as rapping the Fresh Prince theme in interviews, pretty sure he only did that once while promoting After Earth, so I don't think it's really a schtick since that movie needed anything and everything to help promote it.
MIB3 was a pretty decent flick. Sure it was probably unnecessary, but it was definitely a good entry into the franchise.


And as far as rapping the Fresh Prince theme in interviews, pretty sure he only did that once while promoting After Earth, so I don't think it's really a schtick since that movie needed anything and everything to help promote it.
10:51AM on 06/10/2013
Next week defendant - Jaden Smith
Next week defendant - Jaden Smith
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10:49AM on 06/10/2013

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wow, the brothas cant catch a break from some of you guys. I dont get it, you vote not guilty for Nic Cage who has been in more garbage roles than anyone. its alright though, everyone has their opinion.
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10:46AM on 06/10/2013

Guilty

Not specifically for his roles or acting (I'm still won over by the man's charisma. I can't help it, he's just so damn charming!) but because it's absolutely criminal for a man with his potential to take only the safest roles. The reason he passed on Django is a perfect example of this--every movie he does has to be changed to suit him, and that's insane. As much as it breaks my heart, it's got to be Guilty.
Not specifically for his roles or acting (I'm still won over by the man's charisma. I can't help it, he's just so damn charming!) but because it's absolutely criminal for a man with his potential to take only the safest roles. The reason he passed on Django is a perfect example of this--every movie he does has to be changed to suit him, and that's insane. As much as it breaks my heart, it's got to be Guilty.
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10:39AM on 06/10/2013

NOT GUILTY

Poor choices (Django/After Earth) shouldn't be held against him considering the excellent entertainment he has previously brought to us. And Men In Black 3 was surprisingly good. It's too early for the prosecution. This trial should be postponed.
Poor choices (Django/After Earth) shouldn't be held against him considering the excellent entertainment he has previously brought to us. And Men In Black 3 was surprisingly good. It's too early for the prosecution. This trial should be postponed.
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10:29AM on 06/10/2013

Not Guilty

He's done more good than bad. I really liked, I AM LEGEND, but that was the last thing he did of note.
Passing on DJANGO was just plain dumb, but he's got a little fight left in him yet. Not Guilty.
He's done more good than bad. I really liked, I AM LEGEND, but that was the last thing he did of note.
Passing on DJANGO was just plain dumb, but he's got a little fight left in him yet. Not Guilty.
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10:26AM on 06/10/2013

He's kind of guilty.

I like that two of his movies are featured in both the prosecution and the defense. That seems fair. In all honesty, I am rally torn here. On the one hand, he's the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. On the other hand, he's made some epically poor choices, particularly in recent years. About the time he was hailed as the biggest star in Hollywood, he decided to parlay that into his kids' success. Now, he's not the first actor to do this, but he's more obvious than most. Someone like Emma Roberts has
I like that two of his movies are featured in both the prosecution and the defense. That seems fair. In all honesty, I am rally torn here. On the one hand, he's the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. On the other hand, he's made some epically poor choices, particularly in recent years. About the time he was hailed as the biggest star in Hollywood, he decided to parlay that into his kids' success. Now, he's not the first actor to do this, but he's more obvious than most. Someone like Emma Roberts has defended herself routinely against accusations that her aunt got her where she is. If Jaden ever really grows into the part, he cannot claim his father didn't play a big part in any success he has. I believe Will Smith still has it in him to deliver the goods, and I applaud him not wanting to do another Men in Black movie. He needs to let fate take its course at some point, which is hard for parents to do, I know. Until he does though, Jaden is just going to live in his shadow, and either he'll keep his son afloat, or his son will pull him under.
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10:12AM on 06/10/2013

GUILTY! SLAAAAAAAAY HIM!!

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10:07AM on 06/10/2013

GUILTY! SLAAAAAAAAY HIM!!

Will Smith is my least favorite actor, and Hollywood needs to stop casting this douchebag. Why is Smith insufferable? He is a narcissist amongst Hollywood's narcissists. Watch interviews. Watch his music videos. Smith will actually name-drop HIMSELF again and again and again (e.g. "Welcome to the millenium; excuse me, Willenium"). Look at the roles that he passes up such as Django Unchained. The self-important asshole actually thought that he would redact the screenplay and dictate the
Will Smith is my least favorite actor, and Hollywood needs to stop casting this douchebag. Why is Smith insufferable? He is a narcissist amongst Hollywood's narcissists. Watch interviews. Watch his music videos. Smith will actually name-drop HIMSELF again and again and again (e.g. "Welcome to the millenium; excuse me, Willenium"). Look at the roles that he passes up such as Django Unchained. The self-important asshole actually thought that he would redact the screenplay and dictate the direction for the entire cast, crew, and movie.
Furthermore, Smith is a hypocrite. He claims to hate doing sci-fi, and he says harsh things about the genre. Yet, he never shows the courage and character (and remember how great and important that he thinks that he is) to take only "serious" projects. Instead, he makes his bread-and-butter doing one sci-fi film after the other. Furthermore, Smith has an on-screen prescence as grating as Barbara Streisand's. He overacts. He tries waaaaaay too hard to be cool on screen (and announcing one's supposed coolness is the quickest way to not be cool). He acts like a spaz in every fucken role: Men in Black I-III, Independence Day, that one where he plays a superhero, etc . Think about it. Smith is more OTT than Ryan Reynolds when playing a superhero. Now that, THAT, is an accomplishment in shitty acting and insulting the superhero sub-genre.
Oh, one more thing, Smith appeared in I, Robot, an abominable abortion of an adaptation of Asimov. Perhaps, God can forgive Will Smith for such a travesty, but a mere mortal cannot.
Hell yes, throw Will Smith in Movie Jail. And, don't give him a cellmate. For one thing, I don't want anyone to ever suffer Will Smith's company again (not even on a video screen). For another thing, Will Smith can go sodomize himself. Undoubtedly, he enjoys doing so in real-life just as he loves self-love on screen.
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7:00PM on 06/10/2013
Yep.
Yep.
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10:01AM on 06/10/2013

Guilty

Guilty just for the simple fact of forcing his no talent son, Jaden, upon us.
Guilty just for the simple fact of forcing his no talent son, Jaden, upon us.
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9:45AM on 06/10/2013

GUILTY and its about time

this article was created for this very type of person. Some people make bad movies because they dont have many other choices and are merely actors who read what they signed up for. Others pick and choose their movies from a pile of scripts of any movie they want to make, they act, write and produce their own movies and are the reason for its success and critical acclaim. This guy chooses to make the most common denominator movies, never really pushing his talent or persuasion to amke anything
this article was created for this very type of person. Some people make bad movies because they dont have many other choices and are merely actors who read what they signed up for. Others pick and choose their movies from a pile of scripts of any movie they want to make, they act, write and produce their own movies and are the reason for its success and critical acclaim. This guy chooses to make the most common denominator movies, never really pushing his talent or persuasion to amke anything epic or even remotely remarkable. After earth sealed it for me, its awful like he is as a human being (according to every report you read about him). GUILTY
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9:42AM on 06/10/2013

GUILTY

Sure he has talent. But lock this guy up til he picks a good script. Preferably one that takes him out of his vanilla, goody-2-shoes comfort zone....

Sure he has talent. But lock this guy up til he picks a good script. Preferably one that takes him out of his vanilla, goody-2-shoes comfort zone....

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9:28AM on 06/10/2013

Unequivocally...

GUILTY!! I submit that ID4 be put into the prosecution as this is where the Fresh Prince's attitudinal "OH, HELL NO!" was introduced and oft repeated in almost all of his subsequent actioners.
GUILTY!! I submit that ID4 be put into the prosecution as this is where the Fresh Prince's attitudinal "OH, HELL NO!" was introduced and oft repeated in almost all of his subsequent actioners.
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9:25AM on 06/10/2013

Not Guilty

It doesn't help that the prosecution recommended that he should work with better quality directors like Spielberg. They shouldn't want that if he's so bad.
It doesn't help that the prosecution recommended that he should work with better quality directors like Spielberg. They shouldn't want that if he's so bad.
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9:23AM on 06/10/2013

Guilty

I've never liked the guy. Even in his most popular blockbusters I thought he sucked.
I've never liked the guy. Even in his most popular blockbusters I thought he sucked.
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9:11AM on 06/10/2013

NOT GUILTY

He has charisma and is a talented actor. Maybe not a Lawrence Olivier, but he does the job.
By the way, some of the prosecution movies, were actually good.
He has charisma and is a talented actor. Maybe not a Lawrence Olivier, but he does the job.
By the way, some of the prosecution movies, were actually good.
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9:08AM on 06/10/2013

Not Guilty

Not Guilty! You guys are crazy, abandoning the Fresh Prince so fast because of a bad M. Night Shyamalan movie.... Will Smith acting is two words = Phe. Nomenal. He may be on a downstroke but you know he'll deliver again. Not Guilty.
Not Guilty! You guys are crazy, abandoning the Fresh Prince so fast because of a bad M. Night Shyamalan movie.... Will Smith acting is two words = Phe. Nomenal. He may be on a downstroke but you know he'll deliver again. Not Guilty.
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10:29AM on 06/10/2013
I really think this was a long time in the making.
I really think this was a long time in the making.
10:54AM on 06/10/2013
I think M Night Shyamalan was pretty clearly Will Smith's errand boy, hired by the actor to help out on a vanity project. It seems like a lot of reviewers aren't putting the blame on Shyamalan, but squarely on Will and Jaden.
I think M Night Shyamalan was pretty clearly Will Smith's errand boy, hired by the actor to help out on a vanity project. It seems like a lot of reviewers aren't putting the blame on Shyamalan, but squarely on Will and Jaden.
8:51AM on 06/10/2013
Guilty! Dont want to see him on screen anymore.
Guilty! Dont want to see him on screen anymore.
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8:42AM on 06/10/2013

Not Guilty

But not by much.... He's actually a very very talented actor, he just isn't choosing the roles he should be choosing. I mean, he passed up Django because he doesn't kill Candy, like come on! I remember some of the more emotional scenes from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (ie. when Carlton took his pills from his locker and was torn into from Phil. Also when Will's dad didn't want any part of his life). Viewing those as a young teenager, I knew Will Smith was destined to be a good actor in movies.
But not by much.... He's actually a very very talented actor, he just isn't choosing the roles he should be choosing. I mean, he passed up Django because he doesn't kill Candy, like come on! I remember some of the more emotional scenes from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (ie. when Carlton took his pills from his locker and was torn into from Phil. Also when Will's dad didn't want any part of his life). Viewing those as a young teenager, I knew Will Smith was destined to be a good actor in movies. Taking roles in Ali, The Pursuit of Happiness and I Am Legend really brought out the best in Smith. Yea, he's becoming arrogant and I think most people will forget his better roles for him always just wanting to be centre stage in any movie.
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8:41AM on 06/10/2013

lock him up

will smith sucks.
will smith sucks.
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8:33AM on 06/10/2013

Not guilty

Not even close, so many of those movies on the prosecution are watchable thanks to him alone, and MIB3 was surprisingly good, esp when you look at MIB2, no way not guilty
Not even close, so many of those movies on the prosecution are watchable thanks to him alone, and MIB3 was surprisingly good, esp when you look at MIB2, no way not guilty
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8:31AM on 06/10/2013

Guilty

He needs another Bad Boys or Hancock to get his career on track. Hopefully After Earth has shrunk his ego a little.
He needs another Bad Boys or Hancock to get his career on track. Hopefully After Earth has shrunk his ego a little.
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8:47AM on 06/10/2013
Hancock, REALLY ?
Hancock, REALLY ?
10:12AM on 06/10/2013
Bad Boys was a good one. I actually did not notice that it was a Will Smith movie. Smith has his usual bad lines (e.g. "Don't panic. We're just negros"; some stupid line like that), but he toned his acting style way down. He does have at least one tolerable, good movie.
Bad Boys was a good one. I actually did not notice that it was a Will Smith movie. Smith has his usual bad lines (e.g. "Don't panic. We're just negros"; some stupid line like that), but he toned his acting style way down. He does have at least one tolerable, good movie.
8:22AM on 06/10/2013

guilty of the worst crime of all...

pushing his untalented children on the public
pushing his untalented children on the public
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8:16AM on 06/10/2013

guilty

he isnt awful but in the 20 films he's done, he's been only decent in almost all of them, and pretty bad in others. i went back and watched 6 Degrees this week and really, he was the weakest link. its hard being next to Donald Sutherland but he came off as wooden and obvious. he can do some things well but his arrogance doesnt help. he needs to remember his West Philly roots from before he was King.
he isnt awful but in the 20 films he's done, he's been only decent in almost all of them, and pretty bad in others. i went back and watched 6 Degrees this week and really, he was the weakest link. its hard being next to Donald Sutherland but he came off as wooden and obvious. he can do some things well but his arrogance doesnt help. he needs to remember his West Philly roots from before he was King.
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8:13AM on 06/10/2013

Guilty.

His ego has caught up with him.
His ego has caught up with him.
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8:12AM on 06/10/2013

NOT GUILTY!!!

Not all his movies were good but so far I only found Wild Wild West to be actually bad (I haven't seen AE yet) .
Still, he was charismatic and likeable in all his movies, not to mention he has acting talent. Need proof? Ali, Persuit..., and I Am Legend.
Not all his movies were good but so far I only found Wild Wild West to be actually bad (I haven't seen AE yet) .
Still, he was charismatic and likeable in all his movies, not to mention he has acting talent. Need proof? Ali, Persuit..., and I Am Legend.
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8:10AM on 06/10/2013

Not Guilty

He's not guilty. Sure he has had a bad run of films lately, but that doesn't make him a bad actor. Maybe he just sucks at picking the right scripts.

The guy has too many good films and performances under his belt that I have enjoyed throughout the years. I'll admit that he's been lazy lately with his selection of films, but I still think he's a really good actor in the right role.
He's not guilty. Sure he has had a bad run of films lately, but that doesn't make him a bad actor. Maybe he just sucks at picking the right scripts.

The guy has too many good films and performances under his belt that I have enjoyed throughout the years. I'll admit that he's been lazy lately with his selection of films, but I still think he's a really good actor in the right role.
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9:43AM on 06/10/2013
Nobody's saying he's guilty of no talent. They say he's guilty of sub-par to crappy films.
Nobody's saying he's guilty of no talent. They say he's guilty of sub-par to crappy films.
8:07AM on 06/10/2013
Guilty. He's not a terrible actor and he does have his charm on occasion, but it's After Earth that definitely put this over the top against him. It's such a shameless, pointless vanity project. Buy your kid a bike or a video game like normal parents, not a summer "blockbuster".

Idea for future defendant: Brendan Fraser.
Guilty. He's not a terrible actor and he does have his charm on occasion, but it's After Earth that definitely put this over the top against him. It's such a shameless, pointless vanity project. Buy your kid a bike or a video game like normal parents, not a summer "blockbuster".

Idea for future defendant: Brendan Fraser.
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8:04AM on 06/10/2013

Guilty

Guilty. He's horrible.
Guilty. He's horrible.
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7:34AM on 06/10/2013

Not Guilty

But, I'm all for sending his talentless spawn to Jouvie.
But, I'm all for sending his talentless spawn to Jouvie.
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7:26AM on 06/10/2013
Sorry but I think Bad Boys 2 was horrible and shouldn't be in his defense. I remember being disgusted when I saw it and this is coming from someone who loved the original.

Roger Ebert:

"There is an ugly scene in "Bad Boys II" that I want to tell you about. A cop played by Martin Lawrence is alarmed that his 15-year-old daughter is going out on her first date. We see the girl, pretty and hopeful in her new dress, being fussed over by her mother. The doorbell rings, and Lawrence opens it to
Sorry but I think Bad Boys 2 was horrible and shouldn't be in his defense. I remember being disgusted when I saw it and this is coming from someone who loved the original.

Roger Ebert:

"There is an ugly scene in "Bad Boys II" that I want to tell you about. A cop played by Martin Lawrence is alarmed that his 15-year-old daughter is going out on her first date. We see the girl, pretty and hopeful in her new dress, being fussed over by her mother. The doorbell rings, and Lawrence opens it to confront her date, a nervous 15-year-old boy, tall and thin, neatly dressed.
Marcus and his partner (Will Smith) intimidate the boy without mercy. He is threatened with the unspeakable if he lays a hand on the girl. They demand to know if he is a virgin. They slap him with the N-word. At one point a gun is pulled on him. "Ever had sex with a man?" Smith asks. Then with a leer: "Want to?" The boy is terrified."
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7:18AM on 06/10/2013
GUILTY. I've never liked the fucker.

Every single one of those photos in the article makes me want to sock him right in the face.
GUILTY. I've never liked the fucker.

Every single one of those photos in the article makes me want to sock him right in the face.
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7:12AM on 06/10/2013
Not guilty. True that Smith might not be in a winning streak at the box office. However, he's got acting chop for dramatic roles (The Pursuit of Happyness, Seven Pounds) and enough star-magnet appeal to attract audiences. He just has to step away from his own projects, i.e. After Earth.
Not guilty. True that Smith might not be in a winning streak at the box office. However, he's got acting chop for dramatic roles (The Pursuit of Happyness, Seven Pounds) and enough star-magnet appeal to attract audiences. He just has to step away from his own projects, i.e. After Earth.
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7:08AM on 06/10/2013

NOT GUILTY!

Are we really having this debate? Move Seven Pounds to the defense, it's a WONDERFUL drama. Remove Men In Black 3 and put it on the defense or no where at all, as it was a huge reprieve to the franchise.
Are we really having this debate? Move Seven Pounds to the defense, it's a WONDERFUL drama. Remove Men In Black 3 and put it on the defense or no where at all, as it was a huge reprieve to the franchise.
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6:59AM on 06/10/2013

Not Guilty

Are you kidding me? When has he ever been the worst part in anything he's done?
Are you kidding me? When has he ever been the worst part in anything he's done?
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8:10AM on 06/10/2013
Six Degrees of Separation, Bagger Vance, Hitch, though thats all subjective.
Six Degrees of Separation, Bagger Vance, Hitch, though thats all subjective.
8:52AM on 06/10/2013
Didn't see 6 degrees so can't comment

Bagger Vance- Subjective, him and Matt Damon, should have been 100 times better, but the movie was just bad all around.

HItch? Really? Compared to Kevin James he's fucking God in that movie.
Didn't see 6 degrees so can't comment

Bagger Vance- Subjective, him and Matt Damon, should have been 100 times better, but the movie was just bad all around.

HItch? Really? Compared to Kevin James he's fucking God in that movie.
6:48AM on 06/10/2013

Guilty

Feed him to the fuckin crows.
Feed him to the fuckin crows.
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6:43AM on 06/10/2013

GUILTY

GUILTY
GUILTY
The sentence is death.
GUILTY
GUILTY
The sentence is death.
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