Will Smith Back in the Spotlight

Will Smith made headlines today as the trailer for his new movie, Focus, was released on the Internet, bringing the Fresh Prince back to the spotlight with his return to the big screen. Smith has not starred in a movie since the box office bomb After Earth. News recently broke that he and costar Martin Lawrence would team up one more time and film Bad Boys 3. Bad Boys 2 came eight years after the original Bad Boys, which was released in 1995. It has now been 11 years since the second installment in what will most likely end in a trilogy.

In his new movie, Focus, he stars alongside a relative newcomer to Hollywood, Margot Robbie. Robbie got her big break in America on the soap opera Neighbours. After that role, she was able to get a co-starring role opposite of Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street.

Focus is the story of a con man who takes on a young con woman. The relationship gets personal and then it gets complicated. Not the most original of story ideas, but Smith looks flawless in the trailer released. Over his career he has earned the nickname “Mr. Box Office” due to the fact that he rarely ever has a bad movie. With leading roles in movies like the previously mentioned Bad Boys, Independence Day, the Men in Black trilogy, I Robot, The Pursuit of Happyness, I Am Legend  and Hancock, his movies have grossed over $5.6 billion worldwide.

Smith was also on the hit 1990s TV show the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and had a successful music career before he got into acting with songs like Summertime, Parents just don’t understand, Miami and Getting Jiggy with it. He seems to have the Midas touch and everything he is involved in turns to gold.

After spending much of the last several years focusing on helping his children launch their careers, Smith is ready to be back in the spotlight. His daughter, Willow, has started a singing career with a hit titled Whip my hair. His son Jaden has gotten into the field of acting and starred in the remake of the Karate Kid.

With so many successful movies, and being the lead in most, noticeably absent from Smith’s career is an Academy Award. Smith took on the role of Muhammad Ali in the 2001 film Ali. Smith was nominated for that role but ultimately lost to Denzel Washington for his role in Training Day. He was nominated again for his role in Pursuit of Happyness, and lost again to Forest Whitaker for his part in The Last King of Scotland. Despite his amazing money-making ability and skills as an actor, he has only been nominated twice and lost with two amazing performances.

Focus looks to be more of a summertime fun flick that will earn big in the box office, but not get him another nomination. Looking at what Smith has ahead of him there do not appear to be too many opportunities to get one either. He has announced both Bad Boys 3, and Hancock 2. Both films have potential to bring in big money but no Oscar nomination. Depending on his role in the upcoming feature about NFL concussions, that may be his only chance to get an Oscar in the next few years.

At 46 years old, Smith has not slowed down. He has been entertaining for the last 30 years in one form or another. After taking a few years off to support his children, it appears Smith is back in the spotlight. Focus is not set to be released until middle of 2015. Smith is known for his 4th of July releases, but no date has been chosen yet.

Opinion By Andy Lapic

Photo By Wal Mart –Flickr License



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