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Will Smith on his greatest failure and why he decided to play Deadshot

02.12.2015

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Given that Will Smith and Margot Robbie are making the rounds together for their latest film, FOCUS, you can imagine that they're answering A LOT of questions regarding David Ayer's SUICIDE SQUAD. While there doesn't seem to be too much to report on their end due to the lack of an actual script, Will Smith did open up about his biggest cinematic failure as well as why he decided to take the leap and play Deadshot.

Will Smith on the lowest moment in his career:

That was the most painful failure in my career. WILD WILD WEST was less painful than AFTER EARTH because my son was involved in AFTER EARTH and I led him into it. That was excruciating. What I learned from that failure is how you win. I got reinvigorated after the failure of AFTER EARTH. I stopped working for a year and a half. I had to dive into why it was so important for me to have number-one movies. And I never would have looked at myself in that way.

Why he took the role of Deadshot:

I guess I like the concept of dubious morals. I always liked to play in that area. With SUICIDE SQUAD, we just started on that. I think I haven't explored the psychology enough of Deadshot, somebody who could take money to kill people; how he justifies that for himself. So, I still have a little bit of work to do on that, but in my life in general and in my career, those are the type of roles that I'm pushing more towards; those kinds of questions.

So does AFTER EARTH top the Smith shit list for you? I can safely say that I enjoyed it less than the mess that was WILD WILD WEST. Either way, the man needs a hit and FOCUS looks to be it. My only qualm with Smith are the comments we've read regarding why he didn't take the lead in DJANGO UNCHAINED. Perhaps he feels a little differently now, but I'm hoping any issues he might have with SQUAD aren't changed just because he doesn't agree with it.

SUICIDE SQUAD hits theaters on August 5, 2016.

This may be anyone's reaction now if M. Night Shyamalan chooses to direct a property they hold near and dear.

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2:24PM on 02/16/2015
Tarantino is immensely overrated, so it doesn't bother me Will Smith didn't take the Django role. Tarantino isn't the end all/be all of movies.

With that said, Smith hasn't got me to the theaters since the first Men in Black film. And, both films he doing with Margot Robbie look interesting.
Tarantino is immensely overrated, so it doesn't bother me Will Smith didn't take the Django role. Tarantino isn't the end all/be all of movies.

With that said, Smith hasn't got me to the theaters since the first Men in Black film. And, both films he doing with Margot Robbie look interesting.
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3:31AM on 02/14/2015
Well I am no Will Smith hater by any means & he has given us some of the best blockbusters ever, so I can forgive & forget for his last few movie mistakes & the nepotism of his family. I am willing to give him a chance with Suicide Squad as I am not too familiar with the comics anyway & maybe he needs a good comeback & give us another Bad Boys. On another note I actually quite enjoy Wild Wild West, they showed it on VH1 last night & if it was a stand alone comedy western, it would have been
Well I am no Will Smith hater by any means & he has given us some of the best blockbusters ever, so I can forgive & forget for his last few movie mistakes & the nepotism of his family. I am willing to give him a chance with Suicide Squad as I am not too familiar with the comics anyway & maybe he needs a good comeback & give us another Bad Boys. On another note I actually quite enjoy Wild Wild West, they showed it on VH1 last night & if it was a stand alone comedy western, it would have been fine. It's the fact it was based on a serious TV western is why it gets all the hate & why it bombed.

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8:43PM on 02/13/2015
As a kid, I really enjoyed Wild, Wild West. I wasn't yet into a lot of the things that make a film good, so none of that bothered me. I just enjoyed the action and humor. The biggest problem with AE for me, besides Will's kid lacking the talent to lead a film, is that it was boring. There was almost nothing about it that made it interesting. I've always been a fan of his since he started with Fresh Prince and I think he's demonstrated that he has talent. Somewhere he took a strange turn though.
As a kid, I really enjoyed Wild, Wild West. I wasn't yet into a lot of the things that make a film good, so none of that bothered me. I just enjoyed the action and humor. The biggest problem with AE for me, besides Will's kid lacking the talent to lead a film, is that it was boring. There was almost nothing about it that made it interesting. I've always been a fan of his since he started with Fresh Prince and I think he's demonstrated that he has talent. Somewhere he took a strange turn though. It's like having a family just made him this kind of strange guy who can't really break being the guys who made Independence Day and Bad Boys but wants to be so much deeper, like some method actor with deep, philosophical pinnings. I think he needs to stop trying to be in such control of everything he does and stop trying to break his kid into the industry and he needs to go back to being an actor who gets a script and does the job. I get that he's a big star, but he's not doing himself any favors when he tries to have as much control as he's been having with his films.
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1:40PM on 02/13/2015
Will, what you should have learned is that the world is not interested in your son. So stop shoving him down our throats.
Will, what you should have learned is that the world is not interested in your son. So stop shoving him down our throats.
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1:08PM on 02/13/2015
Will Smith is so full of himself, it takes a lot to get me to overlook it and actually watch him on screen. (Tom Cruise strikes me as the same way). I'm glad he didn't take the lead in Django as it would have not been as good. Hoping he doesn't ruin Suicide Squad. People like this need to be humbled with failure or their ego will only get worse.
Will Smith is so full of himself, it takes a lot to get me to overlook it and actually watch him on screen. (Tom Cruise strikes me as the same way). I'm glad he didn't take the lead in Django as it would have not been as good. Hoping he doesn't ruin Suicide Squad. People like this need to be humbled with failure or their ego will only get worse.
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3:33AM on 02/14/2015
He sounds humble to me especially with how it affected his son more than him.
He sounds humble to me especially with how it affected his son more than him.
11:38AM on 02/13/2015
Ever since he decided to torpedo his own career for the sake of making his talentless kid a star, I just don't see Will Smith in the same light. He never made exceptionally good movies (except for Ali). But they were at least enjoyable for the most part. But then he puts out After Earth and sinks even lower. Focus looks like an attempt to reinvent himself, hopefully for the better. But with Suicide Squad, I feel this will make him slip back into the lame actor category. His desire to be
Ever since he decided to torpedo his own career for the sake of making his talentless kid a star, I just don't see Will Smith in the same light. He never made exceptionally good movies (except for Ali). But they were at least enjoyable for the most part. But then he puts out After Earth and sinks even lower. Focus looks like an attempt to reinvent himself, hopefully for the better. But with Suicide Squad, I feel this will make him slip back into the lame actor category. His desire to be "number 1" will sabotage his ability to work with an ensemble.
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11:25AM on 02/13/2015
Honestly, the biggest problem with current Will Smith movies, is Will Smith. He tampers with scripts so much that the original intent of the movie becomes shit. Case in point, Tom Hardy left Suicide Squad because Deadshot's role suddenly became the main focus when Smith jumped on board. Will Smith movies have become like Stallone and Shwarzanegger movies, best left to be seen on either Netflix or cable.....if I have time, and there's nothing else on.
Honestly, the biggest problem with current Will Smith movies, is Will Smith. He tampers with scripts so much that the original intent of the movie becomes shit. Case in point, Tom Hardy left Suicide Squad because Deadshot's role suddenly became the main focus when Smith jumped on board. Will Smith movies have become like Stallone and Shwarzanegger movies, best left to be seen on either Netflix or cable.....if I have time, and there's nothing else on.
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10:58AM on 02/13/2015

This is going to suck, he thinks he actually made good movies before

Will Smith made maybe 3 good movies and they were dramas.

Will Smith made maybe 3 good movies and they were dramas.

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6:38PM on 02/13/2015
woah. to be fair, he never said "good movies". he said "number one movies". regardless how you feel about the quality of his work, he does have many number one's on his resume. being subjective.
woah. to be fair, he never said "good movies". he said "number one movies". regardless how you feel about the quality of his work, he does have many number one's on his resume. being subjective.
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10:55AM on 02/13/2015

wild west

Wild, wild west Is horrible. Absolutely biggest piece of turd in the last 20 yrs
Wild, wild west Is horrible. Absolutely biggest piece of turd in the last 20 yrs
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1:54PM on 02/13/2015
Really? Worse than BATTLEFIELD EARTH, GIGLI, SANTA WITH MUSCLES, GLITTER, FOODFIGHT, THE HOTTIE AND THE NOTTIE, and SAVING CHRISTMAS? Wow, somebody tell IMDb.
Really? Worse than BATTLEFIELD EARTH, GIGLI, SANTA WITH MUSCLES, GLITTER, FOODFIGHT, THE HOTTIE AND THE NOTTIE, and SAVING CHRISTMAS? Wow, somebody tell IMDb.
10:34AM on 02/13/2015
"my son was involved in "AFTER EARTH"

Well, that's what happens when rich daddies use their money and influence to put their children in movies when their children can't act for toffee.
"my son was involved in "AFTER EARTH"

Well, that's what happens when rich daddies use their money and influence to put their children in movies when their children can't act for toffee.
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10:25AM on 02/13/2015
I can totally understand why he would turn down Django, regardless of its acclaim. Tarantino takes way too many liberties with the N word.
I can totally understand why he would turn down Django, regardless of its acclaim. Tarantino takes way too many liberties with the N word.
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10:26AM on 02/13/2015
And regardless of his sons lack of talent its nice to see him own up to After Earth.
And regardless of his sons lack of talent its nice to see him own up to After Earth.
9:35AM on 02/13/2015
I think his biggest mistake was turning down the Neo role.
Smith got annoying by trying to force his kid on us. His talentless child who has nowhere near the charm and charisma his Father des.
And turning down Django was a major mistake to. I can't wait until Foxx stops getting acting jobs. He's awful. He hasn't been good in anything and he's been in and he ruined Django in my opinion. Everyone else in that movie acted circles around him including Don Johnson.
I think his biggest mistake was turning down the Neo role.
Smith got annoying by trying to force his kid on us. His talentless child who has nowhere near the charm and charisma his Father des.
And turning down Django was a major mistake to. I can't wait until Foxx stops getting acting jobs. He's awful. He hasn't been good in anything and he's been in and he ruined Django in my opinion. Everyone else in that movie acted circles around him including Don Johnson.
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11:34AM on 02/13/2015
Well you sir are what we refer to in the "biz" as: a moron.
Well you sir are what we refer to in the "biz" as: a moron.
1:18PM on 02/13/2015
No, he's correct. Name me the last movie Foxx was good in?
No, he's correct. Name me the last movie Foxx was good in?
1:50PM on 02/13/2015
Fox was fucking great as Django. He could even have been pretty good as Electro if they hadnt made him so cartoonish.
Fox was fucking great as Django. He could even have been pretty good as Electro if they hadnt made him so cartoonish.
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9:09AM on 02/13/2015
I never did get to watch Wild Wild West...though I still enjoy listening to that very catchy tune :o) As for what he says, too right, nothing worse than leading your own child in to your mistake.
I never did get to watch Wild Wild West...though I still enjoy listening to that very catchy tune :o) As for what he says, too right, nothing worse than leading your own child in to your mistake.
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8:15AM on 02/13/2015
Wild Wild West was awesome!
Wild Wild West was awesome!
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7:49AM on 02/13/2015
Will Smith's greatest asset is his personality, which was non-existent in After Life - very similar to I Am Legend. Stone-faced and bitter towards the world are not the type of roles he should be taking. Incidentally, how much money do I need to donate to the Church of Scientology to get a Bad Boys 3?
Will Smith's greatest asset is his personality, which was non-existent in After Life - very similar to I Am Legend. Stone-faced and bitter towards the world are not the type of roles he should be taking. Incidentally, how much money do I need to donate to the Church of Scientology to get a Bad Boys 3?
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4:31AM on 02/13/2015
I'm glad he realized what a failure After Earth turned out to be. Hopefully he can redeem his Action Star status back with Suicide Squad.
I'm glad he realized what a failure After Earth turned out to be. Hopefully he can redeem his Action Star status back with Suicide Squad.
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3:00AM on 02/13/2015

After Earth...

I would definitely call that movie underrated. I wouldn't go so far as to claim it to be a masterpiece or anything, but I definitely enjoyed it when I saw it.

He has a pretty solid filmography, so there's not much to criticize, but of all of his movies, I Am Legend had the best chance to be a great movie and they shit the bed in the last third of it.
I would definitely call that movie underrated. I wouldn't go so far as to claim it to be a masterpiece or anything, but I definitely enjoyed it when I saw it.

He has a pretty solid filmography, so there's not much to criticize, but of all of his movies, I Am Legend had the best chance to be a great movie and they shit the bed in the last third of it.
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12:10AM on 02/13/2015

Looks like Will Smith got a much-needed ego deflation

I don't mind Will Smith but I don't go out of my way to see his movies. But, between ditching DJANGO UNCHAINED (which was a wash because Jamie Foxx killed that role), supporting Scientology and doing AFTER EARTH, he's lost a great deal of credibility. Hopefully he learns to be a team player on SUICIDE SQUAD.
I don't mind Will Smith but I don't go out of my way to see his movies. But, between ditching DJANGO UNCHAINED (which was a wash because Jamie Foxx killed that role), supporting Scientology and doing AFTER EARTH, he's lost a great deal of credibility. Hopefully he learns to be a team player on SUICIDE SQUAD.
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11:40PM on 02/12/2015
As much as I was excited for Will to be in a Taratino film, Im glad he passed on it, cause Foxx nailed it.
As much as I was excited for Will to be in a Taratino film, Im glad he passed on it, cause Foxx nailed it.
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10:46PM on 02/12/2015
Smith: I like the concept of dubious morals, taking money to kill people and stuff. In my career and in my life in general, those are the type of morals that I'm pushing more towards; those kinds of questions...
Seems like After Earth cant be blamed only on Shyamalan.
Smith: I like the concept of dubious morals, taking money to kill people and stuff. In my career and in my life in general, those are the type of morals that I'm pushing more towards; those kinds of questions...
Seems like After Earth cant be blamed only on Shyamalan.
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10:32PM on 02/12/2015
Maybe he finally learned not to have his ego get in the way of finding interesting projects where he could be successful at: lead and/or supporting.
Maybe he finally learned not to have his ego get in the way of finding interesting projects where he could be successful at: lead and/or supporting.
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11:12PM on 02/12/2015
LOL....You believe that crap? Come on.....
LOL....You believe that crap? Come on.....
11:27PM on 02/12/2015
You know what? You are probably right. Still really can't stand the guy. Would be hilarious if Focus did terrible.
You know what? You are probably right. Still really can't stand the guy. Would be hilarious if Focus did terrible.
1:23PM on 02/13/2015
I really like Smith's personality, but he's become a caricature in his films. Go back to Pursuit Of Happyness or his first film, 6 Degrees Of Separation. He was outstanding in them. But after Independence day he just phoned in that half-ass tongue-in-cheek acting style for every part (just like Johnny Depp). It's ruined him as an artist.
I really like Smith's personality, but he's become a caricature in his films. Go back to Pursuit Of Happyness or his first film, 6 Degrees Of Separation. He was outstanding in them. But after Independence day he just phoned in that half-ass tongue-in-cheek acting style for every part (just like Johnny Depp). It's ruined him as an artist.
1:23PM on 02/13/2015
I really like Smith's personality, but he's become a caricature in his films. Go back to Pursuit Of Happyness or his first film, 6 Degrees Of Separation. He was outstanding in them. But after Independence day he just phoned in that half-ass tongue-in-cheek acting style for every part (just like Johnny Depp). It's ruined him as an artist.
I really like Smith's personality, but he's become a caricature in his films. Go back to Pursuit Of Happyness or his first film, 6 Degrees Of Separation. He was outstanding in them. But after Independence day he just phoned in that half-ass tongue-in-cheek acting style for every part (just like Johnny Depp). It's ruined him as an artist.
8:39PM on 02/13/2015
He should take a clue from another egomaniac, Tom Cruise. Cruise got some of his best acclaim when he agreed to be a supporting player in Magnolia, ironically, playing an egomaniac. The whole movie doesn't need to revolve around his character for Smith to be effective.

BTW, the X-Men films should also stop having Wolverine story be the focus of every film. There are MANY other interesting characters that could lead those films.

He should take a clue from another egomaniac, Tom Cruise. Cruise got some of his best acclaim when he agreed to be a supporting player in Magnolia, ironically, playing an egomaniac. The whole movie doesn't need to revolve around his character for Smith to be effective.

BTW, the X-Men films should also stop having Wolverine story be the focus of every film. There are MANY other interesting characters that could lead those films.

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