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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  • 00011 00011
    00011 00011 Hour ago

    God bless you and my family, my name is valter. I'm from Brazil.

  • Fredelin perez
    Fredelin perez Hour ago


  • Adam Jones
    Adam Jones 3 hours ago

    It couldn't be any better

  • Julian Hitchen
    Julian Hitchen 4 hours ago

    Keanu Reeves was right for roll hands down..I think Keanus a nicer dude aswel

  • kingmilk 242
    kingmilk 242 4 hours ago

    wish you did

  • Liz Abril
    Liz Abril 10 hours ago

    You make me sick will ,what have you done to your children 💩💩💩🤢👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻

  • Poli Gonzo
    Poli Gonzo 10 hours ago

    Because keanu was better for the role you dummy you know u are not for those kind of movies

  • Solorized production
    Solorized production 14 hours ago +1

    The Matrix would’ve succeeded anyway. Who ever is Neo or Morphious.

  • TeNgGiLinG
    TeNgGiLinG 14 hours ago +1

    Thank god will you turn down the matrix... thank youuuuuuu.........

  • Coast To Coast
    Coast To Coast 15 hours ago

    And we appreciate it

  • Doppler
    Doppler 17 hours ago

    wanna know something really weird that at least 3 other people can relate to? is that at least one thing this year somehow has made the matrix cross your mind

  • WeJustPlay Ff
    WeJustPlay Ff 18 hours ago +1

    I truly do believe the movie would have not been nearly as good as it is if Will played Neo

  • FlyTkSociety
    FlyTkSociety 22 hours ago

    Wow I never knew that and I’m glad you didn’t do it

  • Jeremy Larsen
    Jeremy Larsen 22 hours ago +1

    Thank for turning it down. It woulda sucked if you were in it.

  • The Notorious Beavcoon
    The Notorious Beavcoon 23 hours ago

    Will Smith is a legend, humble dude and made the perfect sacrifice

  • Shota Princess129

    Lol i like how he blatantly admits that he did us a favor in turning down the role of Neo xD he probably would've been an okay choice but it's hard for me to visualize him in that movie without laughing

  • simon M
    simon M Day ago

    Who thinks Will Smith use drugs? Looks yes.

  • Maedrus
    Maedrus Day ago

    True, The Matrix with Will would have been weird

  • Devrim Abaddon
    Devrim Abaddon Day ago

    Unpopular opinion: I kinda like Wild Wild West. Lol

  • Shlomo Bergsteinowitz

    the wah wah west lol

  • Techoni YT
    Techoni YT Day ago

    Anyways you are god!

  • Don Dada
    Don Dada Day ago

    The role of neo was so blah literally anybody could have played that blank piece of paper character

  • s rico
    s rico Day ago

    If will had done it it would have been titled the gaytrix and would have been a comedy with little action and SFX. Thanks Prince for opting w3

  • Sysy & the babiess

    Lol true

  • Don Don
    Don Don Day ago

    You did wild wild west the favor

  • tiffany cooper
    tiffany cooper Day ago


  • TeleV2
    TeleV2 Day ago

    wild wild west was a great movie when I was young. Dont make it a joke with it. Sorry for my poor English. greetings from Korea.

  • Dylan Li
    Dylan Li Day ago +2

    LMFAOOOO i did yall a favor by not being neo... will smith will always be my fave

  • Kian Meng Tan
    Kian Meng Tan Day ago +1

    Always thought the fight scenes and suspended jump scene cringe worthy

  • Brooks Fleming
    Brooks Fleming Day ago

    Why u mfs hating like u ain't gonna watch bad boys 3. U motherfuckas is relentless. Smh

  • Adriel Lopez
    Adriel Lopez Day ago

    You missed out. Just saying

  • Oscar Bissot
    Oscar Bissot Day ago

    He was busy making wild wild smiff

  • Sherman Goldstine

    U DUMB

  • Zevac
    Zevac Day ago

    Because he's working for the matrix

  • Iliana E
    Iliana E Day ago

    Because you are Mr Smith 😉😈

  • Bear Grilling
    Bear Grilling Day ago

    I didn’t think Wild Wild West was that bad really

  • Eve ill Anderson

    will carpenter said BLUPLZ

  • Simone Staxxx
    Simone Staxxx Day ago

    That is awesome story

  • Brandon  Waggoner

    Dude, Wild Wild West is awesome!

  • Daniel Hunt
    Daniel Hunt 2 days ago


  • Glok 713
    Glok 713 2 days ago

    Hey man. Im not lying tho. After that aladdin trailer. I did think yeah. The matrix woulda been a straight up sh*t show if u did it man. I love u dude. No hard feelings. Been a fan for years. But u did kinda ruin aladdin dawg

  • Glok 713
    Glok 713 2 days ago

    And then u ruined aladdin

  • I hope they remember you.


  • kuraco dkrave
    kuraco dkrave 2 days ago

    Who writes your scripts?

  • Mauricio Vasquez
    Mauricio Vasquez 2 days ago

    Das aight Will, it’s an overrated movie anyway.

    Yeah I said it.

  • ehvway
    ehvway 2 days ago +2

    C'mon mr Smith, Wild Wild West wasn't horrible!
    And yes, you are right. The combo Reeves /Fishburne was perfect and couldn't be better. Like you and Mr Lawrence in the Bad Boys!

  • thedreadedzero
    thedreadedzero 2 days ago

    Never seen Wild Wild West but it gets ragged on so bad.

  • JoeRyMi
    JoeRyMi 2 days ago

    I’m sure he would have done well. By the sound of the pitch, I wonder if the studio wanted Smith and they didn’t. I’ll be interested to hear the full story behind Neo. It’s hard to imagine anyone else in that role, but had Smith done The Matrix and Reeves was doing this video, just as many would be doing the “thank you” bit. Just the nature of an amazing role in a classic film.

  • Dan lopez
    Dan lopez 2 days ago

    Why didnt you turn down Aladdin.??

  • T3rRorB!7z
    T3rRorB!7z 2 days ago +1

    I'm glad you turned it down cause you would have sucked as neo

  • Trish Chanda
    Trish Chanda 2 days ago +1

    It wasn’t for will defo for Keanu Reeves 😂

  • Trish Chanda
    Trish Chanda 2 days ago

    This made me laugh 😂

  • closertogod1999
    closertogod1999 2 days ago

    I loved Wild Wild West! I will not apologize. 🤷‍♀️

  • Brett Stroud
    Brett Stroud 2 days ago

    You declined The Matrix because you can't resist fancy pants and lollipops. And you saved the universe in doing so. So thank you I guess... not that you really had a choice. It was all predestined anyway.

  • Doubra Egbuson
    Doubra Egbuson 2 days ago

    That's a man

  • azuzie1
    azuzie1 2 days ago

    thank you.

  • ObadiahBumbley
    ObadiahBumbley 2 days ago

    Don’t call it story time, call it rewind time

  • Lacey Hayward
    Lacey Hayward 2 days ago

    It's too bad that actors can't do redo movies on the rolls they turned down, just to see if they would have done it justice, it would be a cool way of getting closure.

  • Jack Reacher
    Jack Reacher 2 days ago

    Don't feel bad Will, I loved Wild Wild West.

  • The Prodigal Son
    The Prodigal Son 2 days ago

    I kind of want to see a Matrix with Will Smith and Val Kilmer now.

  • Rita B
    Rita B 2 days ago

    I like the Wild Wild West

  • King Judge
    King Judge 2 days ago +1

    I'm glad Will didn't do Neo, he could never out perform Keanu. Talking about he did us a favor cocky prick

  • williamadams2240
    williamadams2240 2 days ago

    U one of the greatest actor... Just no more movies dealing with stuff like the wild wild west even tho I did watch it....

  • williamadams2240
    williamadams2240 2 days ago

    I, agree but we can say tht bout any movie cuz its hard to see it in another light

  • Think Outside The Prison

    You didn't turn down the matrix.
    You signed your souls over to it.
    Get ready for the final judgement.
    It won't be pretty for people like you..

  • Tzyai
    Tzyai 2 days ago +1

    Thank gawd you turned it down. The role of Neo was made for Reeves.

  • Fuckk Face
    Fuckk Face 2 days ago

    You weren't the one.

  • The Egyptian Accuser

    ummm i love the wild wld west .

  • LoudBOiNInja
    LoudBOiNInja 2 days ago

    Holy fcking dawg I had no clue Will had a channel....I’m getting that *M I N D B L O W I N G* feeling Right now..

  • thatdudefromearth
    thatdudefromearth 2 days ago +1

    Maybe it would have been good if Lawrence Fishburne was still in it, but if Val Kilmer was Morpheus, that'd be terrible.

  • Megan
    Megan 2 days ago

    Interesting to hear how that works... if Will had taken the role, they would have had to make Morpheus white? I'm sure that happens a lot, just interesting to hear him put it out there like that.

  • Austin Felix
    Austin Felix 2 days ago

    That was an amazing narration

  • Ernireg3
    Ernireg3 2 days ago

    Damn! Will smith as Neo would’ve been crazy!

  • Ernireg3
    Ernireg3 2 days ago


  • Lucky Leo
    Lucky Leo 2 days ago

    The Wild Wild West Y’all!!!!! lol, Will is “my guy!”

  • Dotix Bro
    Dotix Bro 2 days ago


  • Jumajas Jas
    Jumajas Jas 2 days ago

    truth be told ... many of us Matrix fans understand that the movie is evolutionary in graphics but it has a great story one of the best stories...
    Will would have made it as good as Keanu did.

  • Ayo Q
    Ayo Q 2 days ago

    So whats w/ the M4, you got to be in it.💪

    • Ayo Q
      Ayo Q 2 days ago


  • Dr Thuganomics
    Dr Thuganomics 2 days ago +1

    yo wild wild west might suck but the music is a BANGER!

  • Margit Ouma
    Margit Ouma 2 days ago


  • The Puzzler
    The Puzzler 2 days ago

    Dude you're a sellout and you do what you're told by your puppet masters

  • boro Hal
    boro Hal 2 days ago

    Tbh young will smith as neo?? Damn boya🔥

  • Juan Carrizosa
    Juan Carrizosa 2 days ago +1

    Thanks for not ruining the Matrix

  • wapitigon 666
    wapitigon 666 2 days ago

    Since when will Smith did RUclip? Lmao

  • talkshei
    talkshei 2 days ago

    I loved wild wild west

  • composite badguy
    composite badguy 2 days ago

    Look up Sophia Stewart, the true creator of the matrix. That’s why those “wichowski” brothers couldn’t explain correctly. They are plagiarists. Sophia Stewart is the true creator of both the matrix AND the Terminator series. Neo is supposed to be John Connor grown up

  • Cute stuff by karly
    Cute stuff by karly 2 days ago +2

    excuse me but the Wachowskies are sisters now

  • Imshaan Ishfaq
    Imshaan Ishfaq 2 days ago

    Glad it happened

  • Cloud 9
    Cloud 9 2 days ago

    The Power of saying “Nah”

  • Cloud 9
    Cloud 9 2 days ago

    I liked the Wild Wild West.

  • Rainbow Lion
    Rainbow Lion 2 days ago

    He's right, the contemplation and innocence that neo needed in the matrix is not what will Smith's typical character does. Would've totally changed the feeling of the film. So glad he turned it down.

  • Tomas Damianmiran
    Tomas Damianmiran 2 days ago

    2:13 Hahahahahahahaha Thats not wil Smith Thats the fresh prins of bel air hahahahaahhahahaahhahahahaahah

  • Hazard 671
    Hazard 671 2 days ago

    It's looked more like blade than the matrix

  • Moses Prefor
    Moses Prefor 2 days ago


  • CENTER311
    CENTER311 2 days ago

    Honestly, this version sounds good... But then... 🤔, there'd probably a Will Smith Matrix song, and that would be be aids.

  • G Thanx
    G Thanx 2 days ago

    Will Smith should of been in total recall or a Seth rogen movie

  • Henry Cruz
    Henry Cruz 2 days ago

    No Will..Sofia Stewart is a genious...she wrote the matrix/terminator and those geeks stole her scripts..that is all

  • Jk47rocky23
    Jk47rocky23 2 days ago +4

    We are so happy your not in John wick too!! Thanks

  • DarknessDescends 89
    DarknessDescends 89 2 days ago

    I read somewhere that he had an issue with the bullet time special effect and by issue I mean he thought it was dangerous

  • T Funk
    T Funk 2 days ago

    Nobody cares