All posts tagged: wild wild west

Iconic roles that nearly went to other actors

  Will Smith as Neo in The Matrix Oh, this almost happened. It’s always to fun to look at “what ifs” when it comes to movies. A great example is the above. Yes, Will Smith was originally cast to play Neo in The Matrix movies. A couple of interesting “what ifs” come out of this. First, how different would The Matrix be with Will Smith as the lead instead of Keanu Reeves? I mean it’s safe to say Keanu put his own “Keanu” spin on the role. Also how different (and by that I mean how much worse) would the movie Wild Wild West have been had Will Smith not been in it? Yes, Will Smith passed up The Matrix to do Wild Wild West. While, this move did not hurt Will Smith’s career at all, you can make the argument it was probably the best thing to ever happen to Keanu Reeves.   Molly Ringwald as Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman It’s hard to picture anyone but Julia Roberts in this role but Molly Ringwald …

Big Willie Style – I miss Will Smith’s music career

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 17 years since Will Smith released Big Willie Style, an album that kicked off a 2 year reign where Will Smith was the king of the radio. Will Smith could possibly be the best and most successful cross-over artist. Many have forgotten that he was a celebrated music act because of his successful film career. While he has yet to win an Oscar, he has been nominated twice, along with four Golden Globe nominations. But did you know that he’s had four Grammy wins! His 1997 comeback album (he was a rapper in the 80s before The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) won him two of those Grammy awards. Smith followed up Big Willie Style with the also awesome Willenium. Look at the all of the singles that came of these two albums… JUST THE TWO OF US (look at little Jayden….man I hate that kid) GETTIN’ JIGGY WITH IT MIAMI (notice Eva Mendes at 01;08) JUST CRUSIN’ WILD WILD WEST FREAKIN’ IT WILL 2K SO FRESH   Will …