(NOTE: We first published this a few years ago, but have dusted it off in honor of Men in Black 3 (read our review). It is meant to be humorous and satirical, in case you’re wondering).
I’d only be half-kidding if I were to say that 75% of the time that a new leading man role is announced, I hear at least three people in our comment sections nominating Will Smith for the part. In fact, in my line of work I hear the name “Will Smith” mentioned so many times that it’s becoming something of a neurotic tick in my brain. Now that Men in Black 3 is here, Smith’s name has resurfaced once again in the cultural zeitgeist.
It never seems to matter what the role in question is: people seem to think that Will Smith – a.k.a. The Fresh Prince, a.k.a. Big Willie, a.k.a. “His Jiggyness” – is the man for part. Granted, Smith is ultimate embodiment of old Hollywood star power. The man has conquered everything – the radio airwaves, the small screen, silver screens all over the world – and his star power is still shining so bright that even his son, Jaden, has been able to bask in its glow (if The Karate Kid‘s $100 million gross is any indication).
Truly it is a Will Smith world we live in and rather than rage against the machine, I’ll instead help oil its gears by providing you readers (and Hollywood, if you’re watching) with “The 5 Roles Will Smith NEEDS to Play”.