How did Will Smith become one of the world’s biggest movie stars? By paying attention. Back when he was first making the transition from rapper to actor with The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, he got some great advice from two of Hollywood’s biggest names at the time: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis. Smith told us it’s advice he took to heart, and it’s helped him immensely over the years. (Click on the media bar below to hear Will Smith)
Will Smith’s current movie, Bright, is reaching audiences worldwide in a new way for him: by streaming exclusively on Netflix.
Netflix bet big on Bright, the $90 million sci-fi film starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. And it looks like that bet is paying off in a big way. In its first three days of release alone, the film was streamed more than 11 million times, and those figures have helped push Netflix stock to a new all-time high. Now, it appears the movie might be the start of a streaming franchise, since a sequel has already been approved! We asked Will Smith why he thought the movie was doing so well, and he gave a lot of credit to the way director David Ayer handled such a timely story.
Bright is currently streaming on Netflix, while Smith,Edgerton, and Ayers have all signed on for the sequel.
Even though their names get equal billing on the advertising for Bright, Will Smith and Joel Edgerton’s roles in the film weren’t exactly created equal. For example, Smith got to cruise through the makeup trailer as his usual suave, debonair human self, while Edgerton spent hours every day having special effect makeup and prosthetics applied for his role as a mystical alien-like creature. Smith admits he enjoyed having that extra time for himself, at Edgerton’s expense.
David Ayer is this generation’s go-to guy when it comes to cop movies, as his star immediately rose thanks to his Training Day screenplay. With the underrated Street Kings and End of Watch, under his belt, Ayer brings the fantastical element from Suicide Squad into the world of Los Angeles with Bright.
The story, penned by Max Landis (American Ultra) centers on a cop (Will Smith) who reluctantly is paired with the first orc (Joel Edgerton) to join the LAPD. Their unease with each other will have to take a backseat, however, as a powerful relic has surfaced that may lead to the ultimate eradication of humanity. Netflix has just released the final trailer – check it out and tell us what you think!
Co-starring Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Jay Hernandez, and Edgar Ramirez, Bright hits Netflix December 22.
For a long time, Martin Lawrence has wanted to make a third Bad Boys movie, and the studio behind it, Sony Pictures, was on board with the idea. Lawrence and Will Smith both signed on to the project; the studio hired a director and even gave the movie a tentative release date. Now, however, it looks like the film’s in limbo. They lost the director, the film was taken off the schedule, and Lawrence has told Entertainment Weekly, “I don’t think we’re going to get one, not the way everything’s turning out, Will is off doing another movie, and I don’t think it’s going to happen.” As for Smith, yes, he’s making other movies — including a live-action remake of Disney’s Aladdin (he’ll play the genie) — but he’s still not ruling out the idea of the Bad Boys sequel. He loves the character, and he loves working with Lawrence, but when we spoke to Smith a few years ago, he felt like the window of opportunity was closing on Bad Boys. (Click on the media bar below to hear Will Smith)
We’ve thought all along this movie would have a hard time getting made, and now it looks like it could be D.O.A. What do you think? Would you want to see Lawrence and Smith team up again for Bad Boys 3, or do you think the franchise has run its course? Share your thoughts with us!