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Now, Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad may not have been much of a critical hit — being roundly skewered by fans and journalists alike — but it ultimately wound up making a whole lot of money for a film starring relatively few "bankable" actors playing largely C-List villains. Which, for , who turned down the similarly critically pummeled but far-less profitable in order to star in Suicide Squad, most likely feels like one hell of a vindication. After all, a $745 million worldwide total beats a $389 million final haul any day of the week.

As it turns out, though, Smith ultimately had a very different reason for choosing DC's villainous adventure over the independent-minded sequel. And, helpfully:

Will Smith Just Revealed Why He Ditched 'Independence Day 2' For 'Suicide Squad'

'Suicide Squad' [Credit: Warner Bros.]
'Suicide Squad' [Credit: Warner Bros.]

He had, after all, once been very much attached to a sequel — way back when director was originally planning the project. So what changed? Well, as Smith recently told EW, it was a head-to-head decision, but one that could only have had one victor, it seems:

"I had the two screenplays in front of me for the 'Independence Day 2' and for 'Suicide Squad.' I had to choose between the two of those... Even the choice of going to 'Suicide Squad' — nothing about the qualities of the movie — but the choice of trying to go forward versus clinging and clawing backwards. I do want to aggressively go forward and do new things and create and hopefully be able to stumble upon a new heyday."

In other words? Much like the average shark, Smith has determined that staying still (or worse, going backwards) is likely to cause far more problems than it would solve. Of course, for the shark, such a play would likely result in its death, whereas for the former Fresh Prince it would likely result only in a dignified retirement, or a Bruce Willis-like descent into VOD-only ignominy.

And so, it's probably for the best that things turned out the way they did, and that Smith opted to stay true to his instincts, Big Willie Style. After all, a large-scale collapse in Will Smith's career could have finally brought a -starring spin-off to the screen, and nothing good could possibly come from that.

What do you think, though? Would you have preferred to see Smith return to the Independence Day franchise than star in Suicide Squad? Let us know below!

(Sources: EW)


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