5 Movie Roles Will Smith Needs to Play

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 14th, 2013 at 7:57 am, This is a list post.

Fresh-Prince-of-Bel-Air-Will-Smith (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".

Every Biopic About an American Icon

Will Smith as Muhammad Ali Who better than Big Will to star in the upcoming biopics about treasured American Icons? It's been said many times by many folks that Will Smith unequivocally embodies the American Spirit, so if Hollywood is trying to make biopics about historical figures who have become synonymous with the American ideal, they need an A-list leading man to bring those spirits and ideals to life onscreen. Currently in the pipeline are biopics about Jimi HendrixRichard Pryor and Tupac Shakur, which are all prime Will Smith material, but why stop there? Why let the talent of Big Willie be hampered by something as trivial as race? Give him the Frank Sinatra biopic, the Abraham Lincoln biopics (both of them) - the whole works! You think "Old Blue Eyes" wouldn't give his blessing to "Old Brown Eyes" popping in a pair of colored contacts to portray him onscreen? Throw Jazzy Jeff in there as Sammy Davis Jr. and it'll be just like old times again! As for Abraham Lincoln: Dude, Will Smith has more Lincoln in his swagger than Lincoln ever did! 'Nuff said!

Every Black Superhero (and Even a Few White Ones)

Will Smith Superhero Both Marvel Studios and DC Entertainment/Warner Bros. are building epic superhero movie franchises at the moment - although there's been a notable lack of heroes of color on the screen ever since Wesley Snipes helped usher in the modern era of superhero movies with his role as Blade (a role Will Smith should've played, BTW!). The lack of superhero diversity on the big screen hasn't gone unnoticed, and as a result, there are plans to get black superheroes into the movies - a perfect opportunity to add some Will Smith to the mix! It's already being said every day in our comment sections - Black PantherLuke Cage, Bishop from X-Men, The Falcon, Green Lantern Jon Stewart - Will Smith would be perfect for any one of these superhero roles - hell, he could probably play all of them. But lets be real: a lot of those C-List heroes aren't big enough for Will Smith! No, our beloved Big Willie has the kind of world-encompassing charisma that is best reserved for the biggest and brightest heroes in the stable! So toss him in the upcoming Superman reboot (it almost happened before), or replace Chris Evans with Big Will in Marvel's Captain America (there's still time!). Will Smith is basically a superhero already, so nothing is really off limits, as far as superhero movies are concerned,. Besides, if you don't give The Fresh Prince a chance to play some of the biggest heroes on the block, you know Hollywood is just going to create knock-off versions of those heroes and have him star in the films anyway (*cough*Hancock *cough*). Why not cash in on the combination of star power and brand recognition? Isn't that what Hollywood is all about?

Every Character Who Saves The World

5 Roles Will Smith Needs To Play Did Tom Cruise save planet Earth in War of the Worlds? No. And you know why? BECAUSE HE'S NOT WILL SMITH!!! Only Big Will has the necessary Jiggyness to save an entire planet! Whether it's greeting aliens with a punch in the face (Independence Day), or whipping out his "Noisy Cricket" to blast extraterrestrials into a fine goo in the Men In Black franchise, Will Smith is the man to call when the planet needs saving. And we all know what happened when robots and/or those freaky I Am Legend mutants tried to run us off - Will Smith to the mother-f'in rescue! In Peter Berg's Battleship movie, aliens take on the Navy; Berg and Smith already established Hancock as an Earthly protector, so I'm sure Big Will would have no problem kicking E.T.'s ass all across the seven seas! Or how about those nasties from outer space who invade the old west in Jon Favreau's adaptation of Cowboys & Aliens? Well, if you've seen Wild Wild West, you already know which cowboy Favreau and Co. needed to call for help... HINT: It ain't Daniel Craig! Big Will's reputation as defender of our planet is so esteemed that there are already calls for him to return to duty in a couple of Independence Day sequels, and Smith is once again keeping us safe in the cosmos while simultaneously "making 3D look good" in Men In Black III. The man is tireless!

Will Smith as Jaden Smith in the Remake of 'Big'

Will Smtih Biopic Starring Jaden Smith 1 Okay, so right now I'm only half-joking.  I could actually see this film happening (if it isn't already). Check out my own completely unofficial synopsis: Jaden Smith stars as an "urban youth" whose single mother works all the time, leaving him alone to face Brooklyn's toughest neighborhood. One hot summer night, the young man steals away to the boardwalk of Coney Island, where he encounters a fortune teller who shows him a future in which he is strong, handsome, wealthy and happy. Just before he falls asleep on the beach, the young boy wishes upon a falling star for his future to come true now, and when he awakes the next morning he's a full-grown adult, ready to make his prophesied future a reality - with a child's hope and wonder as his only guides. Daddy Smith and son Smith would reunite on the big screen, and  Big Will would once again showcase what a great off-screen dad he is by delivering a funny and touching rendition of his son Jaden's shining personality. I'm pretty sure that Tom Hanks will approve; with the one-two punch of Jaden and Will in one movie, who wouldn't approve? In fact, let's go ahead and throw Jada Pinkett-Smith in there as the mother and make this thing a Smith family trifecta - I can already smell the cash pouring into the box office! [EDITOR'S NOTE: If this movie gets made your old friend Outlaw wants a cut of the action!... No, seriously, a "finder's fee" will be in order!]

Will Smith Playing Jamie Foxx Playing Will Smith in 'Big Willie: The Will Smith Story'

Will Smith Seven Pounds movie image A biopic about Will Smith starring Will Smith? Said one Hollywood exec: "It's genius! We'll call it an 'auto-biopic,' shoot it in 3D IMAX and charge $30 a ticket!" Of course, seeing Will Smith walk around the screen as Will Smith wouldn't be that interesting: to add some "dramatic depth" to the project Will would structure his performance based on Jamie Foxx's portrayal of Will Smith - exactly the sort of meta-technique we expect from a qualified thespian! From West Philadelphia born and raised to the heights of superstardom, Big Willie would detail all of trials and tribulations (there must've been some...right?) that Will Smith overcame in order to become the Legend he is today (see what I did there?). Big Will would also write/direct/produce the film - with some help from his lovely wife, of course. Jada could also play herself in the movie, and there would be a dual role for Jaden as both young Will and himself (for anyone else it might be overkill - but not for a Smith!). Of course the whole thing would have to premiere in theaters exclusively in 3D IMAX: Will Smith's life is simply too large for the constrictive dimensions of your standard movie theater screen. None of that 2D nonsense over here - if you want to get an inside look at Big Will's life, you have to get inside of it!

Conclusion

will smith fresh prince big willie So there you have it: a well-plotted road map for Will Smith's career that will keep him coasting through the next decade and up to that podium at the Oscars where he belongs. (P.S. - In case there's STILL a question, this was all just for fun - THESE ARE NOT REAL SUGGESTIONS (except maybe that Big remake). We all know that whichever roles Big Willie chooses play, they will be golden. The man just shines that bright!) And if  you're wondering why this all sounds so ridiculous - well, this is pretty much how it looks when you pull together every single Will Smith casting suggestion people feed into our comments section every day. Trust us, we're all too aware of how ridiculous it is. ;-)
TAGS: hancock, hancock 2, i am, i am legend, i robot, independence day, independence day 2, Men in Black, men in black 3

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  1. Ha Ha wow. But I disagree with you on a Biopic about Tupac Shakur. Firstly because Smith stayed away from the “gangsta rap” scene during his rap career and that he looks nothing like Pac. Let’s see Marlon Wayans already has the Pryor Biopic unless something happened. I guess smith looks like hendrix somewhat, but rappin and singing are two different things. Im not even gonna comment on the Abe Lincoln and Sinatra biopic part (yes I know it was in fun…i hope :P). Me personally I’d like to see smith in a horror film as he has not ever been in one. Van Helsing-Black!!! LoLs

    • Black Velsing vs. Blacula!! Smith should usher in the Blaxplotation revival that “Black Dynamite” was intented to do.

      • lol…black dynamite was BRILLIANT, i dont think he has the chops for a hedrixs biopic, would be too fake, NO ONE, past, present..and even future plays like jimi

        • just realized i butchered hendrixs’ name with the spelling lol

  2. Best be getting a cut for your idea of the remake of Big- Outlaw!

  3. Man, somebody is all Smithed out.

    I’m hoping for a Star Wars remake where Smith can play Solo. /jk

    The BIG idea is actually pretty good.

    Instead of Smith being a Superhero, how about a Super villain? Like the Plutonian in a movie version of INCORRUPTIBLE?

    • “I’m hoping for a Star Wars remake where Smith can play Solo. /jk”-Dale (PopBunker.net)

      Mmmmmmm, I dunno…Will Smith might make a better Princess Leia…

    • @Dale, Will Smith playing a villain should probably be his next big career move, awesome idea!!!. That’ll show how much even more range he might have, it worked well for Denzel and Charlize Theron(sympathetic villain in Monster).

  4. Hahahaha!
    Will Smith biopic starring…. Will Smith! Soooooo funny!
    But seriously, Big remake… holy cow… that could actually happen…
    And Tupac biopic… (Personally, Will ain’t the right guy to do it…)
    Funny, funny, funny article though!

  5. Wow Kofi I was laughing at work. Hilarious it is, but its also true on many levels. I can also see Big with the both of them (Will & Jaden). Will Smith playing Jamie Foxx playing Will Smith was too funny.

  6. In exception of the idea for “BIG” every other idea was poor (I.M.O) But the idea of “BIG” really does make up for it. Nice thinking.

    • Totally not serious with ideas guys. Just an FYI.

      • Wew! BIG is one movie that should never be remade. The original was so well done a remake, even with the whole Smith family, can’t live up to it.

      • @Kofi BUT seriously, Will was in line to play The Ancient Pharoah “Taharqa” what happened to that project!? THAT is another thing missing in Hollywood, “EPIC” movies portraying people of color, especially those of ancient African lore. There are a lot of rich ancient history in the African diaspora and even in mysticism and folklore. Don’t get me wrong, I love “Lord Of The Rings” but why hasn’t there been any movies portraying blacks and or other people of color in that capacity and that type of genre? The movie “Shaka Zulu” doesn’t qualify. Even more, I think that now that Harry Potter is over, there’s room for maybe even Jaden Smith to take over a similar but more unique role. Every time there is some new kid hero,he’s always a white kid and that’s just wrong and uninspiring for kids of color. That’s one of the reasons why so many people were angry about “The Last Airbender”.

        In a franchise in some ways similar to Harry Potter, it would be cool to see a Black or another person of color take the lead role and the franchise be diverse with all types of races AND not do the reverse of what so many Caucasian casting directors have done thereby casting all of the Caucasian actors in as just background characters(as revenge), too wrongs don’t make a right. The lead could be black with a diverse supporting cast. I am an aspiring screenwriter and director, one day I’d like to contribute by balancing these things out in the movie industry, I have some things in the works and I’m working hard to bring them to fruition.

  7. Usually I really like your articles Kofi but this one was just annoying it took every ounce of energy I had to force my self to page 2. Very slow news day? Maybe your just all tired and stuff from fathers day and rather than write something interesting you just made fun of everyone who likes Will Smith.

    • Free Tip: Don’t force yourself. I can’t always make EVERYONE happy.

      And I’m not mocking everyone who likes Will Smith – Who DOESN’T like Will Smith!? I like Will Smith (if you can’t tell from the opening of the article).

      I’m mocking the lack of originality in thinking I see when EVERYBODY, ALWAYS toss Will Smith’s name out for a role.

      I read that so much I just had to have some fun with it.

      Sorry you didn’t enjoy! Better luck next time!

      • LoL , nice one Kofi

      • daniel is a very serious man, kofi, just like in world of warcraft, Karazahn type of serious :P

        • Daniel, Anthony, Aknot…I’ve been missing you all in SR :D
          welcome back. Where is Rickster btw?

          • My bad I didn’t check that Anthony’s comments were posted a year ago :’(

    • Here I tohught you would have enjoyed that. Let me guess you went in all excited till you found out it was written with tongue firmly in cheek?

      I enjoy Will… but I was raised on Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff. He has a nice nitch and occasionally a leap.

      However he is not that “great”…. well he is for the stuff he is good at.

      :D

  8. I love how everyone has this gigantic ego about Will Smith… except for Will Smith.

    But yeah, that was the funniest thing Ive read in a while. definately made my day… but then again you could be completely serious about the whole thing and then “His Jigginess” just happens to read the last part of this article, thinks its as funny as I do, and then decides to make the movie.

  9. LL Cool J as Captain America.

    • Actually, LL Cool J would be pretty cool as Luke Cage or Jon Stewart. He’s pretty jacked in NCIS: Los Angeles.

  10. Oh well apparently I’m all alone on this one I just don’t see the humor in it, but I’m not a fan of this style of Internet humor in general. I don’t care about bio pics and I wouldn’t cast him as a white hero but I truly believe that Smith should be one of the comics black heroes. I would especially like him as someone like Cage or Panther I might actually watch the movies then because I hate those characters but I like Smith and while there are plenty of talented black actors I think Smith is by far the best with Washington in a close second.

    • What about Morgan Freeman and Samuel L. Jackson? They might be in every other film, but they are 2 of the biggest names in Hollywood and extrememly talented names at that.

  11. lol i was wandering if anyone else noticed will smith being suggested for every role imaginable. It got pretty annoying. I mean c’mon, anytime that there is a role for a black man everyone automatically says “Will Smith”

  12. I love that in most of these you could substitute the name “Will Smith” with “Johnny Depp” (whose name also gets tossed around for every role on the planet), and it would still work. Hell, why WOULDN’T Johnny Depp play Jimi Hendrix?

  13. Man i thought i was a big fan of will smith. kofi took it to whole nother level with this one but it is will smith. Smith is my favorite actor and a big inspiration and i think signed on for at least 3 to four movies coming out in the next couple of years. That big thing sounds intersting. We havent seen smith on the screen since 2008 in seven pounds and need more willie. That jimi hendrix dont sound like a bad idea and might get will what he finally deserved. An oscar because thats all he need after the work hes done.

  14. Couldn’t disagree more Will is a great talent I think he has more than proven that. I mean explain how he isn’t a great actor? He’s a great action star , great comedic actor and great drama actor unless you just skipped all of serious/dramatic roles.

  15. If ANY actor could get away with playing a black Jesus, oh yeah…it’s his royal Big Willie-ness.

  16. I loved the last one with Will Smith playing Jamie Foxx playing Will Smith (very “I’m the dude playing the dude disguised as another dude”).

  17. Hilarious article, Kofi. And you’re right – I could TOTALLY see a Big remake in that fashion becoming a reality. Finder’s fee indeed :)

    (PS: SO glad you didn’t list the Oldboy remake on the list. Wait… that wasn’t number 6 (if there was one), was it? Please no! :P)

  18. lol this list is ridiculous but pretty awesome

  19. Couldn’t care less about Will smith.

    • 790

      Points for using “couldn’t care less” correctly (instead of “could care less).

      :-)

      Vic

      • I could care less about the correct usage of couldn’t care less…

        ;-) lol

  20. @ 790 I disagree with you boy.

  21. funny article, got a few paragraphs in before i realized it was sarcasm.

    • reminds me of the chuck norris jokes…….

  22. What about when they reboot everything Eddie Murphy ever made? Trading Places, Beverly Hills Cop…PLUTO NASH?

  23. probly the only definate choose i would like to see is Will Smith as Lincoln. everything else was either really vague or already done. Smith has already saved the world and traveled through history, why do you need to advocate that he do it again.

    though not my first pick, i’m not totally against him in Superman, but i think he’s above playing minor affermative action superheroes. (Hal Jordon is awesome but maybe for Green Lantern 3 or 4 when they deside to do a pseudo reboot)

    will smith is 41, though he can still play the action hero, i think he’s past the point of playing the young man with the world infront of him type. Tom Hanks was 30 when he did “Big” and i think it would be alot less funny if it were a 45 yearold the kid turns into. and he cant play Jimmi Hendrix at 20, thats just stupid.

    a movie with a 18-35 demographic doesnt want to see a 40ish actor play the romantic lead in a comedy or action film.

    i love Will Smith as much as the next guy, he’s funny, intense, and a great actor, i just think the time of him playing any role on the map has past. we need a younger guy to put up against will smith, make will smith the mentor, i’d pay to see that one.

  24. Umm Andy No he wouldn’t be cool as Cage LL Cool J is a god awful actor.

    • Your opinion, Daniel, but I happen to like him in NCIS: LA. I stand by MY opinion.

      • im right with you daniel, LL is a terribad actor, hes the main reason why i dont watch NCIS:Los Angeles

  25. The Big idea is pretty funny. I wouldn’t be surprised if somebody in Hollywood today stole that idea from you Kofi.

    On the other hand Smith will never play Sinatra. That’s all I’m saying. Or Hendrix, or Superman.

  26. I actually think that Will IS one of the most talented actors in Hollywood and I pretty much have enjoyed everything he has ever done (besides his music, not a fan of rap at all). I always thought that Will would have been great in a bio about Jackie Robinson or Willie Mays. Still do, actually.

  27. It’s the opinion of the majority of the world Andy. LL is simply not a good actor not much opinion involved with that. You can like him if you want you can think he’s cool that’s opinion, but he is simply a bad actor.

  28. Saying Will Smith is one of the most talented in Hollywood is a stretch. He’s got star appeal, but he’s no character actor nor will he be doing any roles which are too far from his normal personality. Everyone knows it doesnt take talent to make it big, you just have to have the right look and be likable. Brad Pitt is another perfect example.

  29. Cant edit posts, I forgot to add besides star appeal, he does pick decent stories to be in, and his role choosing has gotten better over the past few years.