Ever imagined what ‘The Matrix’ might have been like had it starred Will Smith instead of Keanu Reeves?
Well, just in case you can’t, this slick, superbly well-made trailer, which is currently on its way to going viral, can fill in the gaps.
Made by movie YouTuber The Unusual Suspect, it shows that Will would have slotted into the role with consummate ease, by grafting in clips from his other movies in a seamless fashion.
It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds, of course.
Smith was in fact in line to take on the role of Neo, but ended up turning it down to lead, ahem, the notorious flop ‘Wild Wild West’ instead.
He’s said that at the time, he was skeptical of the Wachowski’s pioneering ‘bullet-time’ special effects concept.
In conversation with Empire magazine back in 2007, Smith said: “Honestly, I didn’t think they could do it, it was too ambitious.
“I saw ‘Bound’ and I loved it. ‘The Matrix’ is exactly what they pitched, but they were designing those cameras to get those freeze-frames, and I was like, ‘If that doesn’t work, the movie looks ridiculous.’
“I didn’t feel comfortable with the level of importance placed on that effect working properly. That’s probably the only one that I turned down that I shouldn’t have, but when you see somebody do it like Keanu you think, ‘Thank God.’
“I don’t think I was mature enough as an actor at that point to get out of the way and just let it be and allow the directors to make the movie. I would have been trying to make jokes.
“Now I would have loved to take a shot and see what I would have done with it and I know now I could absolutely have been mature enough to get out the way. But back then I don’t think I was.”
No regrets, eh Will?