The Director Admitted That This Will Smith Movie Scene "Made No Sense."
Will Smith famously declined the role of Neo in The Matrix, but he did appear in a film in 1999.
Unfortunately, the film in question was Wild Wild West.
Smith and Kevin Kline starred as two US Secret Service agents on a wild adventure to take down a madman (Kenneth Branagh) in the sci-fi action comedy.
The film was not only a box office flop, but it also failed to impress critics.
Even director Barry Sonnenfeld mentions a scene that he believes may have ruined his film.
Smith went from being a Grammy-winning rapper and star of TV's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to a bonafide movie star in the mid-1990s.
Following breakout roles in Six Degrees of Separation and Bad Boys, the actor established himself as an A-lister with Independence Day in 1996.
The following year, on July 4th weekend, he returned to defeat aliens once more with Men in Black.
For two sequels, Smith and Jones reunited, with the director also returning.
So it made sense for Smith to sign on to Sonnenfeld's Wild Wild West after the 1997 release of the original Men in Black.
The film was released on the mid-summer holiday weekend, and it was aimed squarely at the MIB fan base.
Smith has since gone on to say that making Wild Wild West is one of his biggest regrets.
Given the reception it received at the time and its legacy since then, that's a reasonable position to take.
The film is still remembered as one of Smith's most infamous flops, but in an interview with Mel Magazine, Sonnenfeld pinpoints the one scene that he believes is to blame for the film's failure.
After the villain has kidnapped the US president, Smith's Jim West disguises himself as a dancing girl to gain access to Branagh's Loveless in the scene in question.
It's debatable whether this is the point at which viewers' interest waned.
After all, the sequence occurs in the third act of the film and is preceded by several scenes that have been widely panned.
It does, however, stand out as a particularly egregious instance, one that has aged even worse.
Smith, of course, bounced back from the lukewarm response to Wild Wild West.
I Am Legend, Hitch, Suicide Squad, and Aladdin were among the films in which the actor starred.
He also received his first Academy Award nomination a few years later for his portrayal of boxer Muhammad Ali in Ali.
The Pursuit of Happiness, released in 2007, received a second nomination.
Smith is now up for a third Academy Award nomination for his performance in King Richard III as the father of tennis players Venus and Serena Williams.
Time will tell if the actor can win the Academy Award for Best Actor this time around.