Coming up on the big 5-0 we examined the film career of the former rapper from West Philadelphia to highlight the top movie roles he’s had along the way.
So with a little hitch in our giddy’up, we’ll venture into the wild west, because I am a legend, just nod your head, and look right here. We’re going big willy style.
Honorable mention performances that just didn’t make the cut: Hitch in Hitch, and Robert Neville in I Am Legend.
#5 THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE – Bagger Vance
The smooth, simple logic of this caddy makes me feel like even I could shoot par if he were my golf Sherpa.
#4 BAD BOYS – Mike Lowrey
The only person to play Mike Lowrey better than Will Smith was when Martin Lawrence’s character tried to pull it off, Mike Lowwwwrey. Whats you gonna do when they come for you?
#3 MEN IN BLACK – Agent J
Pulling double duty as the co-lead of the movies, and running shit with some bomb soundtrack additions, Smith was at the height of his multi platform prowess when he played this galaxy defender.
#2 INDEPENDANCE DAY – Capt. Steven Hiller
Lets just say that if aliens have been watching our film footage in preparation for an invasion, they’d be making sure to take out Will Smith as part 1 of their plans. The lead in an iconic summer blockbuster film lent credence to Smith being a box office draw.
#1 THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS – Chris Gardner
As much fun you can have watching Smith’s other, less serious, roles, his performance here was his finest moment. Without spoiling anything, if you can make it through this movie without have an allergy attack, then you just don’t have a soul.
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- Written by Jason Sullivan
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