Will Smith revealed the worst film he’s ever starred in. The US actor participated in GQ’s Actually Me series where he went undercover online to respond to comments from social media.
On Quora, Smith, 53, answered the question, “In your opinion, what is the worst and best movie of Will Smith?”
Writing out his answer, Smith said, “For the best, I think it’s a tie between the first Men in Black and Pursuit of Happyness. For different reasons, those are the two almost-perfect movies.”
For the worst, he said: “I don’t know, Wild Wild West is a thorn in my side. To see myself in chaps… I don’t like it.”
In “Wild Wild West”, Will Smith and Kevin Kline star as two U.S. Secret Service agents who work together to protect U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant (Kline again, in a dual role) and the United States from all manner of dangerous threats during the American Old West.
The choice to do 1999’s Wild Wild West came around the same time Smith was offered the role of Neo in The Matrix. Smith turned down the role in the film, which turned out to be a mega-hit, to do the steampunk Western action comedy. Keanu Reeves went on to star in the Wachowskis film.
Wild Wild West was a flop, while The Matrix went on to have two sequels, as well as a fourth installment, The Matrix Resurrections, out on Dec. 22.
Wild Wild West was met with mostly negative reviews from film critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 17% based on reviews from 131 critics, with an average rating of 4.06/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Bombastic, manic, and largely laugh-free, Wild Wild West is a bizarre misfire in which greater care was lavished upon the special effects than on the script.” On Metacritic, the film has a score of 38 out of 100 based on 25 critics, indicating “generally unfavorable reviews”.
Smith has frequently cited Wild Wild West as a mistake in his career, telling a reporter in October 2019 he would revisit himself on the set of the movie to ask himself, “A–hole, why didn’t you do The Matrix?”