Did You Know Keanu Reeves wasn’t supposed to be “The One.” Guess Who Turned Down The Legendary Role As Neo In The Matrix?

| July 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s hard to see somebody other than Keanu Reeves as Neo in Matrix, one of the most successful franchises in movie history but did you know Will Smith was the Wachowski Brothers first choice to play “The One”? According to sources Will Smith turned it down to star in the forgettable action flick “Wild Wild West,” and the part went to Keanu Reeves.

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Will Smith harbors no regrets over his decision to turn down the role of NEO in The Matrix trilogy – because Keanu Reeves was “born” to play the part.

The Independence Day star is relieved when he watches Reeves starring in the sci-fi movies, because he fears he would not have done the role justice. At that point I wasn’t smart enough as an actor to let the movie be — whereas Keanu was.”

Smith says, “That’s the role Keanu was born to play. When I watch the movie and I see the choices he made, there are a hundred occasions when I think, ‘I would have messed that up.'”

Don’t blame film producers for trying in 1999 Will Smith would have given Matrix ,which was a concept movie hard to understand on paper,a guarantee box office draw.

Will Smith was then and still is the most bankable star worldwide by Forbes. As of 2014, 17 of the 21 films in which he has had leading roles have accumulated worldwide gross earnings of over $100 million each, five taking in over $500 million each in global box office receipts. More so, as of 2014, his films have grossed $6.6 billion in global box office.

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