Will Smith Breaks Down His Best and Worst Movies

The actor explains what he thinks the best movies of his storied filmography are — as well as the worst.

Will Smith reveals what he thinks are his best movies — as well as his worst.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Smith took part in a GQ series where he went undercover online and responded to questions and comments about himself. When questioned about which were his best and worst entries in his considerable filmography, the actor answered, “For the best, I think it is a tie between the first Men in Black and The Pursuit of Happyness. For different reasons, those are the two almost perfect movies.”

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Released in 1997, the sci-fi comedy Men in Black was a loose adaptation of the Malibu Comics series of the same name. The film was a massive success, garnering both positive reviews, box office returns and, along with Bad Boys and Independence Day, helped established Smith as a blockbuster star.


The Pursuit of Happyness was a drama released in 2006, based on the memoir of stockbroker Chris Gardner. The movie was notable for being the acting debut of Smith’s son Jaden, who plays Gardner’s son in the film, as well as earning Smith himself an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. When asked how he could have possibly been passed over for winning the award, Smith answered “Ding, ding, ding. Yes, good question. Let’s send that into the proper authorities.” The Oscar instead went to Forest Whitaker for playing the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland.

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As for Smith’s worst film, his answer was Wild, Wild West, which he laughingly called “a thorn in my side. To see myself with chaps… I don’t like it.” A remake of the ’60s TV series of the same name, the movie saw Smith re-team with Men in Black director Barry Sonnenfeld for another genre-bending action comedy. Wild, Wild West fell short of expectations commercially and critically.

Notably, Smith’s decision to do Wild, Wild West forced him to turn down the lead role in The Matrix. “I’m not proud of it,” Smith said of the decision. “But… Keanu [Reeves] was perfect. Laurence Fishburne was perfect. So I probably would have messed The Matrix up. I would have ruined it, so I did y’all a favor.”

Currently, Smith is set to star in the biopic King Richard in which he will play Richard Williams, famed tennis coach of and father to Venus and Serena Williams. He will also be in the upcoming Civil War thriller Emancipation, directed by Antoine Fuqua, which will premier on Apple TV+.

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Source: YouTube, via The Hollywood Reporter

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