TIL Will Smith was originally desired to be cast as Neo in the Matrix. He turned down the role to play Jim West in the film Wild Wild West. by whatilearned February 23, 2022, 7:47 pm Read more: https://screenrant.com/will-smith-matrix-neo/ What do you think? 12 Points Upvote Downvote castdesiredfilmJimmatrixNeoOriginallyplayrolesmithTILToday I learnedturnedWestwild See more Previous article TIL the 1983 Talking Heads song “Burning Down The House” originated from the drummer seeing a Parliament Funkadelic concert and getting amped on the audience chanting “burn down the house!” It was added to a jam session. Next article A fly feels a bug on its back. 10 Comments Leave a Reply Keanu Reeves was so far down their list, Nic Cage and even Sandra Bullock were considered ahead of him. Log in to Reply Looks like we dodged a bullet. Log in to Reply He chose poorly. Log in to Reply I remember seeing Kevin Kline going on Letterman to plug Wild Wild West. Letterman asked about the movie, Kline said “It’s a Will Smith movie.” and then proceeded to talk about stage acting. Log in to Reply [Here it is in his own words](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm2szuXKgL8) Log in to Reply Imagine in another timeline we got Keanu playing Jim west with multiple sequels while the matrix was a stand alone film Log in to Reply We all make mistakes. Log in to Reply I’m sure every S tier level actor/actress has movies they tuned down that went on to be legendary flicks. Surprised at Will though as this seems right up his alley, and he’s a better actor than Keanu with all due respect. Log in to Reply Keep in mind that Will Smith had JUST been in a box office smash hit directed by Barry Sonnenfeld; the studios were likely running their hands together over another potential money printing machine. Log in to Reply Good move… or he would have been in 3 awful sequels.. each sequel getting worse than the one before Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.