I thinks it’s safe to say that Independence Day is the movie that really cemented Will Smith as more than just another TV actor moving up through the ranks. Without him, the movie would have lacked a touch of charisma and fun, that no amount of morale-raising presidential speeches could have replaced.
An Independence Day sequel is looming on the horizon like a mothership with a primed cannon, but it looks like this time, the planet will need someone other hero for hire than Captain Steven Hiller to save the day. Because his price tag is just too much to afford.
“Will Smith cannot come back because he’s too expensive,”director Roland Emmerich told the NY Daily News via Coming Soon during a media blitz for his film, White House Down.
He’d also be too much of a marquee name. It would be too much. We have like maybe half of the people that you would know from the first film, and the other half are people who are new.
I don’t doubt that statement for a second. Since Independence Day in 1996, Smith has become an actor who can easily earn a $20 million price tag per movie. Still, there should be plenty of other faces that’ll return for the sequel, hopefully actors such as Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Judd “Nobody’s perfect” Hirsch.
And if Emmerich has a script in place that calls for a young man/lady/wonder twin hair back and forth duo to help save the day, then I’m certain that the Smiths are but a phone call away. Welcome to Smirth! Punch!
Last Updated: June 24, 2013