7 Jun – Hollywood A-lister Will Smith has decided to call it quits for now in making blockbuster films after the huge box office flop caused by his new film "After Earth".
The actor and one-time rap star is currently facing the fallout from the relative box office failure of the science fiction film, directed by M. Night Shyamalan. While he does stress that he would rather stray away from choosing blockbuster films for his future film projects, he still wanted to opt for more "danger" when it came to future roles.
"There's something about making movies that just really gets me excited," exclaimed Smith, "It's been an absolute necessity that the movie be a blockbuster, but I'm going to start moving out of that and finding more danger in my artistic choices."
Will Smith's "After Earth", starring his son actor Jaden Smith, went on to open at third place at the box office, behind "Fast And Furious 6" and "Now You See Me".
The director with a recent reputation to create box office flops, M. Night Shyamalan directed "After Earth", but don't let anyone fool you, this was Will Smith's project. Smith created the story and went to M. Night Shyamalan to ask him to direct the film.
Critics also noted on the film's alleged Scientology-linked overtones. Smith has been said to be a celebrity supporter of the controversial organisation founded by late science-fiction author L. Ron Hubbard, although he denies being a practitioner.