Will Smith’s film career has spanned over a quarter of a century, and an expert in either making us cry with laughter or just cry, there’s no doubt that Will Smith is one of the most accomplished, entertaining and downright charming actors in Hollywood.
After a short break from the big screen, Big Willie is back on form in stylish hustle movie, Focus, also starring a sizzling Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad). To celebrate the release on Digital HD™ from June 22, we take a look at some of the Fresh Prince’s best films.
BAD BOYS (1995)
One of Will’s earliest film roles was in the iconic Bad Boys, in which he starred with Martin Lawrence. In the hit action-comedy, the pair played two detectives attempting to protect a murder witness whilst investigating a case involving dirty cops and a large amount of stolen heroin.
INDEPENDENCE DAY (1996)
Off the back of the success of Bad Boys, Will was signed up as the lead in one of the greatest alien invasion films of all time. When a monstrous mothership threatens to wipe out the human race, Captain Steven Hiller is tasked with flying aboard the spacecraft in a last attempt to save Earth.
MEN IN BLACK (1997)
Will battled aliens once again as one half of the secret agent duo Jay (Will Smith) and Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) in Men in Black. The two MiB agents find themselves in the middle of a deadly plot devised by an intergalactic terrorist (Vincent D’Onofrio), who has arrived on Earth to assassinate two ambassadors from opposing galaxies.
Smith gained both an Oscar and Golden Globe nomination for his performance as the infamous Muhammad Ali in the Michael Mann-directed biopic. The film shows the life of the notorious boxer; from his capture of the heavyweight title, to his conversion to Islam, and then his reclaiming the title from George Foreman in the legendary ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ fight of 1974.
Proving he can be just as great in a rom-com as he is in a serious roles and blockbuster hits, Will starred alongside the incredibly glamourous Eva Mendes as he took on the role of Hitch, the slightly unorthodox ‘Date Doctor’. Hitch falls for gossip columnist Sara (Mendes) whilst trying to set up the hilariously smitten Albert (Kevin James) with celebrity Allegra Cole (Amber Valletta).
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS (2006)
In another biographical film, inspired by the incredible story of Chris Gardner, Will played the San Francisco salesman struggling to build a future for himself and his 5-year-old son, played by Will’s own son Jaden Smith. When Gardner lands an unpaid internship in a brutally competitive stockbroker-training program, where only one in twenty makes the cut, with self-confidence, dedication and the love and trust of his son, he rises above his obstacles to become a Wall Street legend.
Will Smith stars as Nicky, a seasoned master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Margot Robbie). As he’s teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off. Three years later, the former flame—now an accomplished femme fatale—shows up in Buenos Aires in the middle of the high stakes racecar circuit. In the midst of Nicky’s latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans through a loop …and the consummate con man off his game.
Focus will be available on Blu-ray™ on and DVD on 6 July as well as Digital HD™ from 22 June