Why I Turned Down The Matrix | STORYTIME

  • Published on Feb 13, 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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  • Rashed Elamin
    Rashed Elamin 45 minutes ago

    1:50 LMAO

    LEGOOGEL 3 hours ago

    Aye ! I loved wild Wild West bro !!! What chu mean 👍👍👍

    PHÜCKED' INDAHED 3 hours ago

    I liked wild wild west

    PHÜCKED' INDAHED 3 hours ago

    Will can't beat Mike Tyson , even at the Trump hotel .

  • Tony Montana
    Tony Montana 3 hours ago

    The wild wild west wasn't that bad. I like it

  • Fox 8ball
    Fox 8ball 12 hours ago

    Yo Will u got your dates mixed up the matrix was completed by 1997

  • Elene Barnhill
    Elene Barnhill 13 hours ago

    Lovely E. Sometimes you gotta lose in order to win

  • Eye_of_Purg
    Eye_of_Purg 14 hours ago

    you are a great actor - i would watch matrix with you as main character - i have to watch hancock again after see your you face :) greeting from Poland

  • Jakey K
    Jakey K 14 hours ago

    Thankyou for making that decison. You the man Will, We will always remember you for your comedy and humour

  • evelino tiger
    evelino tiger 17 hours ago

    I'm sure you regret it.

  • Kimi Räikkönen
    Kimi Räikkönen 18 hours ago

    Thanks will smith

  • Escu
    Escu 18 hours ago


  • Kelly McDay
    Kelly McDay 18 hours ago

    I liked the Wild Wild West. As a matter of fact, I think I will watch it today.

  • Kristoffer.skates
    Kristoffer.skates 20 hours ago

    Get his video maker a award

  • ev. vitk
    ev. vitk 21 hour ago

    He is adorable!!

  • mm mm
    mm mm 22 hours ago

    the mcu should get will Smith

  • So LethaL
    So LethaL 22 hours ago +1

    Now that’s cool! Thanks Will. Also if you could let Jaden know that I would love to work as a Sale-Rep for his water company. I sent him a message. I’ve known you forever bro... Can I use you as a reference?

  • The JP
    The JP 23 hours ago

    I liked the wild wild west anyway

  • Steve Rattle
    Steve Rattle Day ago

    Matrix wouldve not been big if Will plays Neo

  • Nelson Geada
    Nelson Geada Day ago

    And then you say destiny doesn't exist..
    But I understand matrix was and still is a crazy beautiful unique movie..

  • AwpWilliams
    AwpWilliams Day ago

    Imagine Will Smith as John Wick.

  • Chewbacca
    Chewbacca Day ago

    Why do people don't like Wild Wild West, I think its actually a cool and fun action movie

  • David Baker
    David Baker Day ago

    Hey the Wild Wild West song was lit though.

  • Hector Tapia
    Hector Tapia Day ago

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  • Rob Vazquez
    Rob Vazquez Day ago

    Ha! Lol best story.

  • adam palmero
    adam palmero Day ago

    matrix sucked boring af only white ppl fuk with it , Will the wild wild west is way better i can watch that errday!!!

  • Ajay Dahl
    Ajay Dahl Day ago +2

    The Wachowskis cartoon and impression would be different nowadays.

  • Ant Francis
    Ant Francis Day ago

    Seeing will smith in the matrix would be like being in the matrix.

  • oliver ivisoni
    oliver ivisoni Day ago

    It would be weird with neo being black aswell as Morpheus

    ØŇƏŁØVƏ89 Day ago

    You're a pawn in Satan's matrix. He's already been defeated. Your grandmother would want you to get on bended knee and repent. Even if it leads to your life being sacrificed. Take back your soul along with your children's souls. Turn to Christ and know that the sorcery you've participated in for so long is a farce. It's a deception. It's Hegelian dialectic.

  • Habeeb Solutions

    I read he also turned down Django Unchained because he thought it was a supporting role & not the lead one. Well, guess what... Christoph Waltz won an Oscar for best supporting actor

  • JoeyDailyShow
    JoeyDailyShow Day ago

    Wild Wild West was good, people just expected more like Independence Day

  • Andre Knight
    Andre Knight Day ago

    What's the point of this man

  • TheSunnycal
    TheSunnycal Day ago

    I liked Wild Wild West.

  • S Marie
    S Marie Day ago

    They didn't know how to explain it because the story was stolen.

  • Andrei Fasola
    Andrei Fasola 2 days ago

    Yes you did, Will. Yes you did - thank you.

  • The Thoro Network
    The Thoro Network 2 days ago +1

    0:26 Wow, you really sampled Jordan vs Bird 1-on-1 on Sega Genesis 😆

  • Video game vids
    Video game vids 2 days ago +1

    The Wachowskis bros stole matrix story from Sophia Stewart ; and she probably never got paid the damages .

  • Antonio Cabrera
    Antonio Cabrera 2 days ago


  • Joncie Elmore
    Joncie Elmore 2 days ago

    Why is Will Smith doing this? He sounds like a tit trying to explain his failures.

  • derek452
    derek452 2 days ago

    I guess, thank you? For not doing the matrix.

  • Aivars Račinskis
    Aivars Račinskis 2 days ago

    Why should You be ashamed of Wah Wah West?

  • Brian Norton
    Brian Norton 2 days ago

    Naw if it was Will I actually would've seen all the movies already. I was just around when my parents was watching it.

  • Exquisimagic
    Exquisimagic 2 days ago +2

    Will Smith: I made Wild Wild West
    ME: I am the Matrix

  • Its Sean
    Its Sean 2 days ago

    Be nice to see you in the matrix in some form if they ever return :)

  • Peter M
    Peter M 2 days ago +2

    Thank you for turning down the role, Keanu was amazing at it!

    WOKEN JOE 2 days ago


  • Martine Flatley
    Martine Flatley 2 days ago

    Will Smith would of been too comical for the matrix

  • Rowan Richards
    Rowan Richards 2 days ago

    I did Jawl a favour. Ha!

  • Deric Davis
    Deric Davis 2 days ago

    That’s fucked how fake you is to your own people because the creator of the matrix was a black woman

  • neo217041
    neo217041 2 days ago

    Keanu Reeves turned down wild wild west.

    QASSYNO1 3 days ago

    Val Kilmer would of been a good morphis

  • Zoey Foxis
    Zoey Foxis 3 days ago

    Will smith:why i turned down john wick

  • Mohannad Sayed
    Mohannad Sayed 3 days ago +1

    you are good n i loved u in pursuit of happyness..but u dont have the inner depth to play NEO..NEO is KEANO(U)..matched in heaven..

    TRUE 2 MYSELF 3 days ago

    Wow this is such an interesting topic. Hope there's More story's like this in the future. Fingers crossed 🤞

  • don dony
    don dony 3 days ago

    will smith is more like a beta males funny guy to me then the serious handsome keanu reeves

  • Rizwan Hassan
    Rizwan Hassan 3 days ago

    neo and eternity best chemistry ever in sci-fi

  • angelblu27834
    angelblu27834 3 days ago

    I liked Wild Wild West though...

  • Sir Ecthelion
    Sir Ecthelion 3 days ago

    Yeah you're right you would propably ruin the movie.

  • Chima Nnadi
    Chima Nnadi 3 days ago

    Good.. Keanu played neo well

  • Marwan B.
    Marwan B. 3 days ago +1

    Keanu Reeves after the pitch: "You're Breathtaking!"

  • Alejandro Rubio
    Alejandro Rubio 3 days ago

    Lol. You did thanks bro!

  • Adelarde Buck
    Adelarde Buck 4 days ago

    Didnt agent smith introduce himself as "willsufous smith"?

    THE CROSS 4 days ago

    What's that very first beat in the beginning?

  • Mohd Faisal Abu Hassan

    Some great things aren't meant for us. You've made the right decision anyway

  • Devon
    Devon 4 days ago

    thank god you did!

  • MJ
    MJ 4 days ago

    Did he really just say matrix would have been bad because of val? Douche.

    • S Marie
      S Marie Day ago

      That is not what he said. He said Fishburne wouldn't have been cast because at that time Hollywood didn't cast two black lead actors together (unless its a black movie). So they were going to cast Val Kilmer. Honestly I can't see Val as Morpheus.

  • doctadeath2020
    doctadeath2020 4 days ago

    Honestly, that pitch was terrible so can't blame you for turning it down.

  • superreverbfreak
    superreverbfreak 4 days ago

    Glad you did you would have ruined it

  • Demetrie Harris
    Demetrie Harris 4 days ago

    I like the Wild, Wild West though...

  • ツMoh-p
    ツMoh-p 4 days ago

    the story was stolen from Sophia, this is why they didn't know how to pitch the movie lamo

  • Rawi Sheoratan
    Rawi Sheoratan 4 days ago

    Wild Wild West was a hit in Suriname

  • fug wit
    fug wit 4 days ago

    Keanu brings this whole different vibe when he's on the screen, he was perfect for The Matrix.

  • Happy Haus Vids
    Happy Haus Vids 4 days ago


  • Oscar Clarke
    Oscar Clarke 4 days ago

    When you can freely use a song for your video outro because you made that song.

  • shaj ali
    shaj ali 4 days ago

    Thank god .... Cos it would have turned into the fresh prince of matrix.

  • Carl Ward
    Carl Ward 4 days ago

    I loved the wild wild west movie.

  • James Bell
    James Bell 4 days ago

    Yeah 100 percent glad he refused the matrix. Couldn't have taken the movie serious otherwise

  • Impakt GamerBR
    Impakt GamerBR 4 days ago

    I'm glad that will turned down matrix. Keanu is perfect to matrix!

  • James Massingale
    James Massingale 4 days ago


  • gunnerlala
    gunnerlala 4 days ago

    i LOVE wild wild west. i thought it was hilarious.

  • Samuel Matranga
    Samuel Matranga 5 days ago

    I wouldn't mind will smith being neo

  • Dulles Perez
    Dulles Perez 5 days ago

    So I made the wild wild west...lol.wills the best

  • nic sharp
    nic sharp 5 days ago

    Thank God, hate to see you ruin that movie too.

  • Skot Matthews
    Skot Matthews 5 days ago

    Fun fact: the Wachowskis are women now.. just saying

  • Steve
    Steve 5 days ago +1

    I cant imagine Will Smith being Neo like AT ALL!

  • Glen Wheatley
    Glen Wheatley 5 days ago

    what ever buddy

  • Douglas Thew
    Douglas Thew 5 days ago

    For the record... shut yo mouth! Wild Wild West was liiiiiit!

  • amangray films
    amangray films 5 days ago

    Lol yea. Pitching a movie is a different game than making the film.

  • sigmiami
    sigmiami 5 days ago

    Will was awesome in I am legend I don’t think anyone could have done better, but my fav is The Pursuit of Happiness... my life without the happy ending

  • audilover70
    audilover70 5 days ago

    Too much info for us surfs?

  • Sal Rodriguez
    Sal Rodriguez 5 days ago +1

    to be fair there was only one good matrix

  • Diprotic
    Diprotic 5 days ago

    As a kid I was super excited for the wild wild west and as an adult idk why or how but that excitement is still there. That movie, as lame as it is captured something from my childhood and it's an awesome feeling.

  • adict3
    adict3 5 days ago

    Wild Wild West! LOL don’t get me wrong, I loved it as a kid.

  • YDKY
    YDKY 5 days ago

    I don't agree, if you had done the Matrix, it would still be a great movie, and we'd feel that nostalgia about you instead of Keanu.
    Can't change the past without changing the future :)

  • Liam Westhead
    Liam Westhead 5 days ago

    He did the right thing. Reeves was the best choice

  • Mike Studmuffin
    Mike Studmuffin 5 days ago

    I'd like to see Matrix 4: The Blue Pill. Neo goes back to sleep and Morpheus searches for Will instead. Make this movie happen for 2021.

  • Sir Bubbles
    Sir Bubbles 5 days ago +1

    I thought its because your the most racist black man in Hollywood 🤔🤔🤔🤔

  • HotInTheseRhinos
    HotInTheseRhinos 5 days ago

    I love Wild Wild West. I had the movie soundtrack too when i was a kid.

  • Jon E. Russell
    Jon E. Russell 5 days ago

    Imagine IF 🤣