Will Smith turned down The Matrix
A funny anecdote came out the press junket for Men In Black 2. The Chicago Sun Times reports:
Smith and Jones both have suffered career disappointments. Smith mentions that he turned down the Keanu Reeves lead in "The Matrix" to do the flop "Wild Wild West." "I was like, 'Yeah right, 'The Matrix.' Computers have taken over the world. I think I'd better go off and do that good film 'Wild Wild West.' " Smith shakes his head.
Ironically, Smith's wife now has a role in the sequels.