Will Smith opens up about one particular Hollywood movie that he regrets to this day.
Will Smith is undoubtedly one of the biggest and most recognizable names in Hollywood for as long as any of us can remember.
Not only is he the only star to have appeared in eight straight films that all debuted at #1 and grossed more than $100 million at the domestic collections, but he has also led eleven consecutive films that grossed at the very least $150 million globally.
Obviously, nobody is exempt to inevitable flops, and Smith has featured in his fair share of them, including Wild Wild West (1999), Winter’s Tale (2014), and Concussion (2015), but he’s openly expressed regret about only one movie in particular, which is none other than M. Night Shyamalan‘s After Earth (2013).
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The actor came up with the original story idea for the dystopian science-fiction that saw him play a supporting role to son Jaden Smith, with daddy Smith’s charm subdued in a drab transition that saw him sitting in a chair for the bulk of his camera time.
It may have received $243 million worldwide, but the massive budget and heavy marketing costs meant it failed to generate substantial profit, while critics slammed Shyamalan’s latest flop, and it received a dismal 11% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Let’s be clear, it’s a bad movie whether it contains subversive Scientology propaganda or not, and Will Smith has acknowledged in the years since that he considers it a personal embarrassment and point of disappointment that he reeled his son into the futile venture as well.
After Earth was intended to initiate a multimedia series that included movie adaptations, animated features, short films, video games, theme park exhibits, comics, and more, but luckily, that never happened.