Three decades into his career, Will Smith
remains one of the most successful actors of his generation and one unafraid to continue to pursue the possibility of blockbuster domination alongside smaller projects only he could make happen. Smith’s initial foray into the movie business included supporting roles in “Where the Day Takes You
” (1992), “Made in America
” (1993), and a co-lead role in “Six Degrees of Separation
” (1993). These were all dramas that drew some critical acclaim, but yielded very limited box office.
Then, the actor reconsidered his career objectives, realizing how important box office was to longevity, and researched what ingredients were necessary to turn movies into blockbusters. It worked.
Over the following decade, the vast majority of the movies he starred in met those objectives — high budget, high concept projects, typically released in the summer, with the potential to make a lot of money: the “Men in Black” and “Bad Boys