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Will Smith Opens Up About ‘After Earth’ Flop

Will Smith Opens Up About ‘After Earth’ Flop


If you saw After Earth, you understand why it flopped and why Will Smith regretted it. In fact, he was so disappointed with the film that he didn’t work for 18 months.

Smith and his boy Jaden starred in director M. Night Shyamalan’s futuristic 2013 blockbuster as onscreen father and son, and Smith admits the film’s critical mauling prompted him to step away from Hollywood for over a year.

He tells Esquire magazine, “My son was involved in After Earth and I led him into it. That was excruciating. What I learned from that failure is how you win. I got reinvigorated after the failure of After Earth. I stopped working for a year and a half… That was the most painful failure in my career.”

The film wasn’t a complete flop – although it underperformed in America, After Earth went on to gross over $235 million globally.

Hmm… we have to wonder if he regretted his cameo work A Winter’s Tale, because that film was just as bad. Let us know your thoughts in our comment section below!

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