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Why Will Smith turned down Independence Day: Resurgence

Den of Geek logoDen of Geek 15/12/2016 simonbrew
Why Will Smith turned down Independence Day: Resurgence © Den of Geek Why Will Smith turned down Independence Day: Resurgence

Will Smith passed on Independence Day 2, wary of "clawing backwards"...

There was one notable face lacking from the returning cast of this summer’s Independence Day: Resurgence. That of Will Smith, whose film career was rocketing when he took the lead role in the 1996 original.

Will Smith's film career was rocketing when he took the lead role in the 1996 original. © Silverhub/REX/Shutterstock Will Smith's film career was rocketing when he took the lead role in the 1996 original.

For some time, Smith was said to be umming and aahing about a potential Indepedence Day return, before eventually opting to duck out of Roland Emmerich’s sequel. And he’s finally revealed the exact reason why.

It seems that Smith had a simple choice to make. “I had the two screenplays in front of me for Independence Day 2 and for Suicide Squad. I had to choose between the two of those”, he revealed in a Facebook Live Q&A.

Smith added that what swung it was “the choice of trying to go forward versus clinging and clawing backwards… I do want to aggressively go forward and do new things and create, and hopefully be able to stumble upon a new heyday”.

He certainly stumbled on a new payday. The critical reaction to Suicide Squad was mixed, but the box office shot over $700m worldwide (a good $300m and change greater than that of Independence Day: Resurgence), and furthermore, there are now plans for Suicide Squad 2, and a possible spin-off for his character, Deadshot.

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