Will Smith was a guest at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France this weekend, where he revealed that there’s one movie in his long history that he regrets — The Wild Wild West.

Talking to the audience, Will says that he was eager to be cast in more movies after his Independence Day breakout role in 1996, and that he got a little cocky.

“I had so much success that I started to taste global blood. My focus shifted from my artistry to winning. I wanted to win and be the biggest movie star. What happened was there was a lag. Around Wild Wild West time, I found myself promoting something because I wanted to win versus promoting something because I believed in it.”


I was young when that movie came out, but I never really thought the movie was bad. It was witty, it was funny, and okay, it was a little cheesy…they’re cowboys! If you’re unaware, the movie was a remake of the original 1965 CBS tv-show of the same name. Just like the silver screen, the original was a series of two Secret Service agents (one suave, one nerdy) who were equipped with a wide array of gizmos, working for the government in the Old West.

If you ask me, every part the film was a full-bodied project that really captured the post-Civil War/Reconstruction era. Not to go into a whole history lesson, but even Dr. Loveless‘ character was a perfect embodiment of rich plantation owners who were literally too insane to let slavery (or any of his possessions) go. Not to mention that LIT ass music video with Sisqo!

Smith continued, noting the difference in how quickly movies are reviewed by critics and fans alike, thanks to social media.

“Back in the ’80s and ’90s, [if] you had a piece of crap movie, you put a trailer with a lot of explosions and it was Wednesday before people knew your movie was shit. Now, what happens is 10 minutes into the movie, people are tweeting ‘This is shit, go see Vin Diesel.'”

Will Smith is really a self-reflecting guy, and he can roll with the punches. This summer, we can all look forward to seeing him in the upcoming Warner Bros.-produced anti-superhero flick as “Deadshot” in Suicide Squad alongside Common and Jared Leto. In theaters August 5th.

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