Why I Turned Down The Matrix | STORYTIME

  • Published: 13 February 2019
  • It’s been gossiped about in Hollywood for years, but this is the true story behind why Will Smith turned down the role of Neo in The Matrix.

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Comments • 20 751

  • alejandro mendoza
    alejandro mendoza  10 hours back

    Wow, Val Kilmer as Morpheus. That would have been interesting.

    • J JK1
      J JK1  14 hours back

      big big mistake...but then I wasn't around! 🤣 wild west..OMG that was major flop..🤣🤣🤣

      • Miranda R
        Miranda R  23 hours back

        Uncle Will.....will you be in the 4th one?

        • David/Sharrisse Thomas

          Will smith is a great actor but no Neo wouldn’t be a good role I d liken it to Will smith being John Wick it just wouldn’t work it’s to dark of a role.

          • Yaya
            Yaya  1 days back

            lol!!! I'm down smith ok luck you have a conclusion!! but wild wild west is my favorite.

            • Ted Bundy
              Ted Bundy  1 days back

              Will would have been great in the matrix Keanu Reeves was great but will would've did a better job Keanu Reeves plays the same character ever role

              • Beast Laser
                Beast Laser  1 days back

                that would've been live bro

                • Alan SD
                  Alan SD  1 days back

                  I bet they changed their pitch after he said “No”. Imma look up how did they presented the movie to Keanu

                  • T Kingstar Studio
                    T Kingstar Studio  1 days back

                    color doesn't matter bro

                    • Angela Murcia
                      Angela Murcia  1 days back

                      Am I the only that liked Wild Wild West? I thought it was good and funny + I love every Will Smith movie

                      • Iluvmovies Toomuch
                        Iluvmovies Toomuch  2 days back


                        • Mtg Mtg
                          Mtg Mtg  2 days back

                          I sense the bitterness.

                          • 32B
                            32B  2 days back

                            Had both the protagonist and Morpheus been Black, Black people's realities would have shifted because of the impact of viewing such a film. Wild Wild West indeed

                            • Бабек
                              Бабек  2 days back

                              No, they turned you down. you better do kid movies.

                              • Eu sei o que vcs comentaram No post passado

                                It`s a shame Will lose the oportunity to eat carrie-anne. But Keanu Reeves thanks.

                                • Benjamin Lazaro
                                  Benjamin Lazaro  3 days back

                                  Thank you Will Smith for not ruining The Matrix and for not 'getting it'. Credit to Keanu Reeves for having a great imagination and vision for the film. Keanu's movie selections are always on point because he's accessing the story and the characters. Just like that time when he rejected Speed 2 because he knew it was a terrible plot despite the money offered to him to do it.

                                  • Grime Fork
                                    Grime Fork  3 days back

                                    I love will . But the matrix was not fit for him

                                    • Spider Salticidae
                                      Spider Salticidae  3 days back

                                      Keanu owned that role. Will smith just does not have that look that vibe.

                                      • J S
                                        J S  4 days back

                                        He did us all a favor by turning it down... his words and I agree

                                        • KelsChnl
                                          KelsChnl  4 days back

                                          Yo, you turned down STEVEN SPIELBURG?!! Yoooo 😂

                                          • JSRh1no Gaming
                                            JSRh1no Gaming  4 days back

                                            Lol im watching Wild Wild West right now and I thought of this. I had to pause and watch what Will said on the matter.

                                            • Ding Chavez
                                              Ding Chavez  4 days back

                                              That racist prick should have finished his pathetic career with Bel-Air

                                              • TCoop29016
                                                TCoop29016  4 days back

                                                Wild wild west was NOT a bad movie. Great family movie with great one liners.

                                                • Joo2oob
                                                  Joo2oob  5 days back

                                                  lovely plot twist. The Matrix would've been really different. So, Will made the right choice.

                                                  • Husvy Canada
                                                    Husvy Canada  5 days back


                                                    • Cris Hernandez
                                                      Cris Hernandez  5 days back

                                                      WILL SMITH would have took both the RED and BLUE pills....Matrix 5.0

                                                      • Liam Spencer
                                                        Liam Spencer  5 days back

                                                        closet gay Will, Jada, Tom Cruise, Oprah.... we know... give it up

                                                        • Laura White
                                                          Laura White  6 days back

                                                          Justin different he had a crush on me forever

                                                          • Candy Suxxx Productions

                                                            Damn that Wild West song is good.

                                                            • Kevin Jackson
                                                              Kevin Jackson  6 days back

                                                              I like wild wild west nice too

                                                              • Sierra Rowe
                                                                Sierra Rowe  7 days back


                                                                • shun23
                                                                  shun23  1 weeks back

                                                                  Hilarious man! Still love you as an actor. Youre great

                                                                  • Big B
                                                                    Big B  1 weeks back

                                                                    The pitch sounds good to me.

                                                                    • Kenny Noel
                                                                      Kenny Noel  1 weeks back


                                                                      • RedDawn370
                                                                        RedDawn370  1 weeks back

                                                                        There is a 4th matrix movie coming out. Please tell me you are calling your agent to get yourself in it. This can be fixed. Make it happen!

                                                                        • jason munoz
                                                                          jason munoz  1 weeks back

                                                                          Nah, if matrix was for will smith? Who would play in wild wild west? Will smith is still the best to play that funky cowboy and make a song for it. And also will smith isnt suitable for that time for serious roles since he just had that fresh prince and has also comedic vibe since then. Now will smith is out of that vibe and can be whatever he wants to.

                                                                          • BestHotboi NA
                                                                            BestHotboi NA  1 weeks back

                                                                            Plot twist:

                                                                            Will Smith actually set Keanu up for the role after he turned it down.

                                                                            • Dios
                                                                              Dios  2 weeks back

                                                                              WIld Wild West is a good movie. Matrix 3 is not. Bye.

                                                                              • tradez401
                                                                                tradez401  2 weeks back

                                                                                had he not died i could've seen brandon lee as neo in the matrix.

                                                                                • TimeTraveler
                                                                                  TimeTraveler  4 days back

                                                                                  ugh...brandon lee...so amazing and i agree with you. i am glad that he at least got to do the crow, he was amazing in that.

                                                                              • curtis jones
                                                                                curtis jones  2 weeks back

                                                                                I loved Wild Wild West I was probably like 6 lol I had the glasses and everything.

                                                                                • michael reyes
                                                                                  michael reyes  2 weeks back

                                                                                  The movie "Bound" is not that bad

                                                                                  • Britt V
                                                                                    Britt V  2 weeks back

                                                                                    LOVING storytime! more please :D

                                                                                    • Maximus Gaut
                                                                                      Maximus Gaut  2 weeks back

                                                                                      Ok Will you made a good point we forgive for turning down the matrix Val Kilmer a Morpheus does not make

                                                                                      • Bigbot Hoee
                                                                                        Bigbot Hoee  2 weeks back

                                                                                        I liked wild west lol

                                                                                        • ben saucedo
                                                                                          ben saucedo  2 weeks back

                                                                                          Call me crazy but I think will Smith playing neo would have worked only if they casted Val kilmer to play morphueus

                                                                                          • Rick Nathaniel
                                                                                            Rick Nathaniel  2 weeks back

                                                                                            Thanks for not ruining this trilogy will , they are some of my favourite films 😂

                                                                                            • easyifyoutry
                                                                                              easyifyoutry  2 weeks back

                                                                                              this video made me respect will smith

                                                                                              • Britney partridge
                                                                                                Britney partridge  2 weeks back

                                                                                                Damn , it would have been so good if Will was in the Matrix!