Official Revival: Will Smith Returns to Iconic Franchise After Debacles

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Actor Will Smith is attempting to revive his illustrious career after several controversies.

Will Smith’sĀ career has spanned various genres, including action, comedy, drama, and science fiction. Smith’s involvement in multiple successful franchises has cemented his status as a box office draw. However, his career has not been without its challenges, particularly the controversies surrounding the Oscars.

Mena Massoud as Aladdin (L) and Will Smith as Genie (R)

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Will Smith’s journey in Hollywood began with the hit TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990-1996). His transition from a TV star to a movie star was seamless, thanks to his natural charisma and acting prowess. Smith’s first major film success came with Independence Day (1996), a science fiction blockbuster that became the highest-grossing film of the year. This movie marked the beginning of Smith’s association with big-budget franchises.

One of Smith’s most iconic roles is that of Agent J in the Men in Black series. The first film, released in 1997, was a massive hit and spawned two sequels, Men in Black II (2002) and Men in Black 3 (2012). The franchise’s blend of science fiction and comedy, coupled with Smith’s chemistry with co-star Tommy Lee Jones, made it a favorite among audiences. Smith’s performance as the witty and charming Agent J helped solidify his reputation as a leading man in Hollywood.

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In addition to Men in Black, Smith found success with the Bad Boys franchise. Teaming up with Martin Lawrence, Smith starred in Bad Boys (1995) and Bad Boys II (2003). The films were known for their high-octane action sequences and the dynamic between Smith and Lawrence. The franchise was a commercial success, and fans eagerly awaited a third installment. Their patience was rewarded with the release of Bad Boys for Life (2020), which was both a critical and commercial hit.

Smith’s involvement in the Bad Boys franchise has been a cornerstone of his career. The upcoming Bad Boys: Ride or Die marks another collaboration between Smith and Lawrence. The film, rated R for strong violence, language, and sexual references, promises to deliver the same adrenaline-pumping action that fans have come to expect.

Will Smith as Agent J

Credit: Universal Studios

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Smith expressed his excitement for the project, stating, “We want it to feel nostalgic, but we also want the characters to be experiencing things that are age-appropriate and experience-appropriate. It’s a challenge to keep it fun and keep it exciting and make sure that the popcorn part is enjoyable, but also letting it be gourmet popcorn. It is popcorn, but it’s definitely got some special sauce on it.”

While Smith’s career has been filled with successes, it has also faced significant setbacks. One of the most notable incidents occurred during the 2022 Oscars, when Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock on stage following a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

The incident shocked the world and led to widespread criticism of Smith’s actions. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences subsequently banned Smith from attending the Oscars for ten years. This controversy, along with the media frenzy that followed, tarnished Smith’s reputation and put his career in jeopardy.

Will Smith as Deadshot in Suicide Squad

Credit: DC/Warner Bros.

Smith’s career revival is also evident in his recent ventures outside of the Bad Boys franchise. He starred in King Richard (2021), a biographical drama about Richard Williams, the father of tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams. Smith’s portrayal of Richard Williams earned him critical acclaim and showcased his dramatic acting abilities. The role was a departure from his usual action-oriented characters and demonstrated his versatility as an actor.

Looking ahead, Smith has several projects in the pipeline that could further cement his comeback. There have been rumors that Smith could return to the Men In Black franchise for another installment, but this hasn’t been confirmed.

Bad Boys: Ride or Die will be released in theaters on Friday, June 7.

What do you think of Will Smith’s career revival? Let us know in the comments!

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About Andrew Boardwine

A frequent visitor of Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort, Andrew will likely be found freefalling on Twilight Zone Tower of Terror or enjoying Pirates of the Caribbean. Over at Universal, he'll be taking in the thrills of the Jurassic World Velocicoaster and Revenge of the Mummy

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