Everybody knows Will Smith’s name as he featured in many movies that a lot of people loved. they include “The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Men in Black” and “Hitch.” Will Smith is a major name in the entertainment industry. Furthermore, People Magazine considers him one of the most beautiful people in the whole world.
Here are 10 surprising facts about Will Smith:
1. His Real Name
Everybody knows Will Smith’s name for the numerous popular movies he had featured in or produced. However, not a lot of people know his birth name. It is Willard Carroll Smith. He was named after his dad so that makes him a junior. His pet name was “Prince” since he has this great personality that usually lets him get away with problems. Furthermore, it turned out that exact same nickname would soon become his rap title, “Fresh Prince.”
2. Originally offered the role of Neo for “The Matrix.”
The main role for the popular 1999 sci-fi film “The Matrix” went to Keanu Reeves. However, originally, Will Smith was offered to play Neo. However, the 48-year-old actor declined it down so he could star in “Wild Wild West.”
3. His biggest regret
It turns out that rejecting the role of Neo for “The Matrix” was the greatest regret he had in his entire career. Ironically, the movie that he rejected Neo for –“Wild Wild West”– is the movie that he regrets most for making.
4. Millionaire status
Will Smith became a millionaire even before the age of 18. It was because of the success of his rap album from 1987, Rock the House. Moreover, the album made it to the Billboard Top 200.
5. His educational background.
Smith graduated from Overbrook High School in Philadelphia. However, when it came to college, the rapper did not like the idea of studying in any college or university. He never gave it much attention because, well, he’s already a millionaire.
6. Jada and Will
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith are among the most beautiful couples in Hollywood. They met when Jada tried out for the girlfriend role of Smith’s “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” However, the part went to Nia Long. But still, Jada captured his heart in real life.
7. His first wife
Will had a first wife, Sheree Zampino. He was married to her for three years. They had a kid together, Will’s junior who was nicknamed Trey.
8. World Record
Will Smith has a title in the Guinness Book of World Records. He has the record for the most public appearances in just 12 hours by being present in three red carpet events.
9. Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Before Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were considered for “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” the director had thought of coupling Will Smith with Catherine Zeta-Jones.
10. Mr. July
Will Smith was often called the media as “Mr. July”. It was because the majority of his blockbuster movies release in July.