Will Smith As Neo!? Celebs Who Lost Out On Major Acting Roles That Made Someone Else Blow Up

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Will Smith Was Supposed To Play Neo In The Matrix

How crazy would that have been? Will says that now that he thinks back on it, and knows how good The Matrix turned out to be, it was best that he didn’t get the role of Neo:

“I would have absolutely messed up ‘The Matrix.’ At that point I wasn’t smart enough as an actor to let the movie be — whereas Keanu was.”

Smith turned down the role at the time to do Wild Wild West alongside Salma Hayek and Kevin Kline, which was…okay.

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