Will Smith apologises for Wild Wild West, a movie he never ‘believed in’

  • ANI, Melbourne
  • Updated: Jun 23, 2016 18:35 IST
Will Smith in a still from Wild Wild West.

Will Smith feels his 1999 movie Wild Wild West wasn’t a project he believed in and was a result of his bloated stardom and ambition.

In a recent interview, while doing a ‘frank assessment’ of his career, the 47-year-old actor admitted, “I had so much success that I started to taste global blood and my focus shifted from my artistry to winning. I wanted to win and be the biggest movie star, and what happened was there was a lag around Wild Wild West time. I found myself promoting something because I wanted to win versus promoting something because I believed in it,” reports News.com.au.

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While the film was a global hit, Smith attributes its success to canny marketing rather than the strength of the actual movie itself, and says it is much harder to sell a dog to audiences nowadays.

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“That smoke and mirrors in marketing is over. People are going to know really quickly and globally whether a product keeps its promises. Back in the ‘80s and ‘90s you had a piece of crap movie, you put a trailer with a lot of explosions and it was Wednesday before people knew your movie was s**t “ But now what happens is 10 minutes into the movie, people are tweeting, “This is s**t. Go see Vin Diesel,” he said.

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