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 • 20 680

  • Al Thomson
    Al Thomson  9 hours back

    Will rocks and keanu is ssssoooo cool

    • Lukas A.
      Lukas A.  9 hours back

      Ok and how do you explain Django?

      • chris sterkel
        chris sterkel  10 hours back

        thanks for turning down the matrix, I mean val kilmer.... um NO!

        • gjebassist
          gjebassist  10 hours back

          Was literally just thinking about this the other day....

          • Marc LeBon
            Marc LeBon  13 hours back

            And we are all glad you did.

            • Degree Digital
              Degree Digital  13 hours back

              Not gonna lie, this sounds so far fetched

              • Norm DePlume
                Norm DePlume  18 hours back

                Thanks for not doing it Will...we love you for everything else you've done...except for maybe Wild Wild West.

                • Timur Zavidov
                  Timur Zavidov  21 hours back

                  The movie would suck with Will. Good.

                  • Mudboy Hheavy Tv
                    Mudboy Hheavy Tv  1 days back


                    • Nurcholis
                      Nurcholis  1 days back

                      unlike lauren fishburne, will smith never play a role in a historic movie

                      • Ratoya Banks
                        Ratoya Banks  1 days back

                        It’s always interesting to hear actors tell which roles they turned down bc typically as a viewer we couldn’t imagine anyone else doing the role except the person who did it lol

                        • Mario U Comics and Cartoons

                          So Neo could be have been black

                          • Captain Jesus
                            Captain Jesus  1 days back

                            Captain Jesus
                            END OF LINE

                            • Bringlebrot
                              Bringlebrot  1 days back

                              Bro Keanu was amazing let's take a moment of silence to appreciate the outcome of Wills decision. Will I'm not saying it wouldn't have been a gem of its own. But this made Keanu's career tbh

                              • Derek  Ashford
                                Derek Ashford  2 days back

                                Go to my Derek Ashford pages on YouTube and Facebook for more up to date info on the real matrix 4 and the real Terminator 5 “rise of the machines”. The fake Terminator bombed at the box office for a “reason”. James Cameron and Gale Ann Hurd didn’t create or write the Terminator. The Terminator and Matrix is “1” epic story created and written by Sophia Stewart. The source work for these works verified by a Salt Lake City Utah federal court on 9-25-14 is the “Third Eye” book authored by Sophia Stewart. I break everything down in my videos on YouTube and Facebook posts. I’m an “eye” witness to Sophia’s victory in Utah and in a recent 55 billion dollar Nevada Rico case in which Sophia Stewart won on 3-5-19 by default. Fraud in the court caused the judges Navarro and Foley to be under investigation which is going on “right now”. I have the court dockets to prove everything I’m talking about. The biggest Hollywood Payoff in history is coming to Sophia Stewart.

                                • Derek  Ashford
                                  Derek Ashford  2 days back

                                  They can’t write, create or release The Matrix 4 because Sophia Stewart owns all of the copyrights and trademarks to the matrix and Terminator movie frsnchies

                                  • Derek  Ashford
                                    Derek Ashford  2 days back

                                    The Wychanskis bros couldn’t pitch the matrix because they didn’t create or write the matrix. If Sophia Stewart would have pitched “The Matrix” Will Smith would have indeed been “Neo”. Keanu Reeves of course was a better choice.

                                    • Bluepanda Blue
                                      Bluepanda Blue  2 days back

                                      🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂😂😂👍🏼🐒🦖🙋🏻‍♀️ soo funny

                                      • Hidden Truth about them

                                        Had no idea

                                        • Mr.knowitall Rants
                                          Mr.knowitall Rants  2 days back

                                          I appreciated him for being honest they definitely don't want a movie to Black. A Black lead with a black man aiding and going agent white agents. That goes against white supremacy

                                          • TheMentalMillionaire
                                            TheMentalMillionaire  2 days back

                                            Good thing you turned down John Wick, too.

                                            • Ballsy Ballsyone
                                              Ballsy Ballsyone  2 days back

                                              Thanks Will for that favor!!! HAHAHAHA

                                              • Tony Ashcraft
                                                Tony Ashcraft  2 days back

                                                You can still make us a song about the Matrix :)

                                                •   3 days back

                                                  Junior can be Neo.

                                                  • Jorge doe
                                                    Jorge doe  3 days back

                                                    Say what you want, wild wild west and the matrix was my s#*t as a child 👌👍💪🤠

                                                    • Emmanuel Guillermo
                                                      Emmanuel Guillermo  3 days back

                                                      People say Keanu is perfect for the role, and I agree he knocked it out of the ballpark, but I'm sure Will Smith would have crushed it as well. He might have even done a better job. At the end of the day we don't really know, but one thing is for sure; we can't claim Keanu would have always done it better anyways. Again, we don't know that because Will never played the role.

                                                      • Emmanuel Guillermo
                                                        Emmanuel Guillermo  3 days back

                                                        Before someone says "I can't picture Will Smith as Neo anyways". Of course you can't. You have already painted the image in your head that Keanu is Neo because that's the only thing you've been exposed to. Ultimately, that's the goal of a true actor anyways. Become something that no one believes you can pull off. It's like magic. Just take all the method actors out there that have crushed rules you would have never thought they had it in them (Daniel Day Lewis, Christian Bale etc)

                                                    • Shah Rukh Khan
                                                      Shah Rukh Khan  3 days back


                                                      • alfred Rojas
                                                        alfred Rojas  3 days back

                                                        Glad you didn't accept the part. Some roles are meant to be played by someone else.

                                                        • Mirabel Lebarim
                                                          Mirabel Lebarim  4 days back


                                                          • Stephanie Oni
                                                            Stephanie Oni  4 days back

                                                            What. I loved Wild Wild West. Still do. Watched it yesterday.

                                                            • ChrisOcon
                                                              ChrisOcon  4 days back

                                                              I actually loved Wild Wild West lol

                                                              • J Ko
                                                                J Ko  5 days back

                                                                So glad you did.

                                                                • Cesare
                                                                  Cesare  5 days back

                                                                  They wanted this idiot to play neo ? Jesus christ...im so glad that didnt happen

                                                                  • Zoarmhirr
                                                                    Zoarmhirr  4 days back

                                                                    Cesare, you call him an idiot but I see grammar mistakes there so YOU must be the idiot.

                                                                • Nicklander Foti
                                                                  Nicklander Foti  5 days back

                                                                  Val Kilmer as Morpheus?

                                                                  It could have worked in that alternate reality

                                                                  • kyrian oge
                                                                    kyrian oge  6 days back

                                                                    Thanks Will Smith wouldn't have done great like Keanu Reeves did in the movie

                                                                    • Quirky Honor
                                                                      Quirky Honor  6 days back

                                                                      Steven Spielberg didn't mess around lol called him up and said don't use your brain, use mine. Basically, trust me on this one, you're making a mistake otherwise. That's pretty confident, convincing speech. Even if it is a little condescending.

                                                                      Also, I grew up watching Will Smith movies, so I'm kind of bias; however, I did like that song. It wasn't my favorite Will Smith movie, but I definitely wouldn't have seen it otherwise.

                                                                      • Brent williams
                                                                        Brent williams  6 days back

                                                                        If you would have done that movie then would put you where Keanu Reeves is today and we would have got better wild west just 3mths later that movie was Great

                                                                        • Zanele Mondi
                                                                          Zanele Mondi  6 days back

                                                                          The best story time ever.

                                                                          • Jeff Jedi
                                                                            Jeff Jedi  6 days back

                                                                            Yea Keanu was meant to be neo in the matrix. However Will Smith was great in I, Robot! I would love a sequel

                                                                            • outubro 28
                                                                              outubro 28  6 days back

                                                                              it was more than a choice. it was something called Destiny. Pure and simple predetermism.

                                                                              • faggio60
                                                                                faggio60  6 days back

                                                                                The Oracle said he wasn't The One.

                                                                                • John Bear
                                                                                  John Bear  6 days back

                                                                                  is will lightening his skin??

                                                                                  • Flint Elvis
                                                                                    Flint Elvis  6 days back

                                                                                    I have matrix 4 leaked trailer its directed by Tim miller check it out

                                                                                    • Arat ja Ujot - Our stories

                                                                                      Because God is looking over mankind and would never allow for such a think to happen...

                                                                                      You are great Prince, but The Matrix is perfect as it is.

                                                                                      • Imtiaz Ahmed
                                                                                        Imtiaz Ahmed  7 days back

                                                                                        2:09 that facial expression 🤣🤣

                                                                                        • JustIce yo
                                                                                          JustIce yo  7 days back

                                                                                          I'ma just say I loved wild wild west

                                                                                          • EL SOL NEGRO
                                                                                            EL SOL NEGRO  1 weeks back

                                                                                            Not!!!!! The Matrix was stolen and was supposed to be an “all black cast”...

                                                                                            • ALOKA Million
                                                                                              ALOKA Million  1 weeks back

                                                                                              SMITH I ma sri lanka my mine for oscars can u help me smith sir i act doing Please i am frol sri lanka