Top 5 Favourite Will Smith Roles

Will Smith the mega star amazingly only has 34 credits to his name, with his star power you would automatically think he has done a lot more. In recent years his work as being questionable at best with such flops as After Earth the boring Men In Black 3 and turning down Django. Before this you hired Smith you got Box Office gold and with his two Oscar nomination for Ali and Pursuit of Happyness he showed he can stand up with the best of them. I am going to look at my favourite roles of Will’s career to date against some of my friends.simon

5. Captain Steven Hiller – Independence Day (1996)2


4. Spooner – I, Robot (2004)s 3


3. Alex Hitchins – Hitch (2005)s 4


2. Fresh Prince – Fresh Prince Of Bel Air (1990-1996)5


1. Agent Jay – Men In Black (1997)4


5. Robert Neville – I Am Legend (2007)legend


4. Jay – Men In Black (1997)4


3. Mike Lowery – Bad Boys (1995)bad boys


2. Chris Gardner – Pursuit of Happiness (2006)3


1. Captain Steven Hiller – Independence Day (1996)2

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 4. Robert Neville – I Am Legend (2007)


3. Jay – Men In Black (1997)4

 2. Chris Gardener – Pursuit of Happiness (2006)31. Fresh Prince – Fresh Prince of Del Air (1990-1996)



5. Captain Steven Hiller – Independence Day (1996)


4. Robert Clayton Dean – Enemy of the State (1998)


3. Mike Lowry – Bad Boys (1995)

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2. Fresh Prince – Fresh Prince of Bel Air (1990-96)5


1. Jay – Men In Black (1997)



5. Will Smith – Fresh Prince of Bel Air (1990-1996)5

In the 90s this was the comedy that made me laugh the most, the outrageous behaviour of the street kid moving the a Bel Air mansion and the clash of culture made this young man career.

4. Jay – Men In Black (1997)4

I am only considering the work for the one film here. This follows the young NYPD officer who gets a chance to join the mythical Men in Black, but his rule breaking techniques put his chances at risk. The buddy cop action between Will quick talking never shutting up cocky cop and Tommy Lee Jones’ stern faced officers is comic gold.

3. Chris Gardner – The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)3

This is the incredible true story about one man’s trying to make something of his life when he has absolutely nothing, all this while trying to balance being a single father in a cut throat world. This role will have you in tears because of the hard ship he faces and he full deserved the Oscar nomination he received.

2. Captain Steven Hiller – Independence Day (1996)2

Captain Steven Hiller is the lone survivor of a failed attack on the alien invaders. He is full of one liners and his cockiness knows no boundaries. He gets the dream to fly into space and finish of the alien invaders once and for all. This is one of the most iconic performances of the 90s and still nearly 20 years later hasn’t dated at all.

1. Ben – Seven Pounds (2008)1

This is an interesting choice for number one and most people will disagree with this one. I feel this is the best character he has played he has such self-sacrifice after what he did and his selection process is brilliant. The film will leave you in tears because of the powerful nature involved. It is one of the most underrated roles of his career.


Star Focus – Will Smith

smithWill Smith

Trademarks: Always plays the good guy

Catchphrases: ‘Aww, hell no’

Age: 46

Number of Roles: 29 (Really that is it)

Biggest Films: Men in Black


  • Nominated for 2 Oscars for ‘Ali’ and ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’

Debut Role: Will – Fresh Prince of Bel Air (1990)

Fresh Prince of Del Air

Fresh Prince of Del Air

where the day takes youEarly Career: Having started out as a rapper he managed to take his stage gimmick and turn it into a leading role in one of the most popular sitcoms of the 1990’s ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’. This show managed for get a total of 147 episodes before finishing with Will Smith the name on everyone in Hollywood’s lips. While the Fresh Prince was on Will did make a couple of films that many people are unware off, these include ‘Where The Day Takes You’, ‘Made in America’ and ‘Six Degrees of Separation’.

Television Roles:

  • Fresh Prince of Del Air (1990-96) 147 Episodes
  • ABC Afterschool Specials (1990)
  • Blossom (1991)
  • Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1997)
  • All of Us (2003-2004) 3 Episodes
Bad Boys

Bad Boys

Career: In 1995 Will’s first major film role came along ‘Bad Boys’ where he teams up with Martin Lawrence, this showed that Will was ready for an adult audience. This also opened the door for more films and his big break was waiting right around the corner.

Break Out Role: Independence Day (1996)

Independence Day

Independence Day

Career: With his big break coming the roles didn’t stop coming in with the next mega budget film ‘Men In Black’. These three films showed he was a wise cracking character and his next role would show he can achieve a serious character. The next film would be ‘Enemy of the State’. What follows could be considered a potential career killer in two very badly rated choices ‘Wild, Wild West’ and ‘The Legend of Bagger Vance’.

Agent J - Men in Black

Agent J – Men in Black

The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness

2000 -2009: Despite these two flops Will took the biggest chance of his career playing the iconic boxer Ali and managed to get himself his first Oscar Nomination. Even after that Will went safe and steady with his next choices doing two sequels ‘Men in Black 2’ and ‘Bad Boys 2’. With the money in the bank and his reputation restored Will took a chance with some fresh titles. ‘I, Robot’, ‘Shark Tale’ and ’Hitch’ all three went down very well in the Box office and lead him to make his second Oscar nominated film ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’. Will competed the noughties with ‘Hancock’ and ‘Seven Pounds’  before taking a break from Hollywood for a couple of years.

After Earth

After Earth

2010 Onwards: Returning to Hollywood with yet another sequel ‘Men in Black 3’ which got critically panned and showed that Will was struggling to return to his best. He followed this on with an even worse film ‘After Earth’ and a couple of small roles in ‘Anchorman 2’ and ‘A New York Winter’s Tale’

Next Big Role: ‘Focus’ is his next big role and always gets talk of a Hancock and Independence Day sequel.

My Favourite Role: Seven Pounds

Seven Pounds

Seven Pounds

My Least Favourite Role: I am Legendlegend

Films I Want to See That I Haven’t Seen: Where the Day Takes You

Trailer Alert – Low Down

Plot – A look at the life of pianist Joe Albany from the perspective of his young daughter, as she watches him contend with his drug addiction during the 1960s and ’70s jazz scene.

Starring: Taryn Manning, Elle Fanning, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Glenn Close, John Hawkes

Release Date:  Non Set For UK


Heavyweight cast with John Hawkes, Glenn Close with Oscar nominations along with popular stars in Dinklage and Fanning, can they all work in this film?

How much will be focusing on the music and how much will be on the personal issues?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 40%

My Guess Rating – 75%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No