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Will Smith out of 'Independence Day 2'

Director Roland Emmerich states that the star is 'too expensive'

By Corwin Neuse Jun 24, 2013 8:23PM
Sad news, America: Will Smith will not be appearing in any of the forthcoming "Independence Day" sequels. In an interview with the New York Daily News, "ID4" director Roland Emmerich confirmed that the star wouldn't be reprising his role in the sequel(s), saying that he's "too expensive." Which might be the first time anything was too expensive for the man who routinely destroys the entire planet in, oh, pretty much every movie he's ever made.

The plot of "ID Forever" is rumored to center on the sons of the characters from the first movie, although Emmerich did offer that some original characters would return. Could he be referring to Jeff Goldblum, maybe? Hey, it worked for "The Lost World: Jurassic Park."

What do you think, Hitlisters? Whom would you like to see return for the sequels, besides the omnipresent aliens? Whom will be shooting green, er, crap at whom? Could Bill Pullman's President Whitmore return to reiterate his famous inspiration speech from the original? As always let us know in the comments...

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Jun 25, 2013 12:59PM

Insert Denzel, half the price, double the acting.

Jun 25, 2013 11:53AM
Wow - after his current dog film, 'After Earth' Smith shouldn't be too pushy on his salary...
Jun 25, 2013 11:36AM

Why is he so expensive?   Last major hit?  

Jun 25, 2013 12:39PM
Will Smith is one of the most over-rated actors in Hollywood.  His movies suck for the most part.  After Earth is an unequivocal piece of garbage.
Jun 25, 2013 12:12PM
That's kind of a shame but then again the stars are starting to get salaries that would feed third countries for a year. I mean more power to making money if they can get rears in the seats but the cost of going to a movie is getting out of hand because of these salaries.

So I just wait for it to hit HBO or Starz.

Anyway it should be interesting to see what the world looks like 20 some years after the initial attack. Those ships were so big that when they crashed either sideways or flat they created all new weather systems. A fifteen mile high ship? Even sideways that puts it anywhere from 5 to 10 miles high.

AND what about the aliens? There are going to be quite a few survivors.

And the anti gravity tech?

The shield tech.


I'll go see it just to see how we would have handled all that trillions of tons of metal in those ships.

And weapons.

WOW there is a lot to see what happens IF he does it right.

Jun 25, 2013 11:46AM
He just came out with yet another sci-fi movie with his son.  I saw previews for it, and I haven't seen any again in weeks.  Must have been a bust in the theaters.  He hasn't done anything great in a long time.  The last movie that he did that I liked was Seven Pounds. 
Jun 25, 2013 11:13AM
The whole structure of the original story was a black man, a WASP president and a Jewish guy all working together to save the world. I hope it keeps on that way.
Jun 25, 2013 1:51PM

Denzel Washington is a better choice and actor than Will Smith  20 X 0. Why should we continue to reward talentless celebrities with our hard earned money. 

Jun 25, 2013 12:53PM
     In those "Big Films" I always thought it was the vehicle more then the actor that gave it success. As exemplified by his demands, Smith is to conceded and puffed with self importance for my taste.
Jun 25, 2013 1:13PM

I'd like to see the original characters return, including Bill Pullman, who's one of my favorite actors.  It would be interesting to see if his character re-married and what is daughter is doing.


Jun 25, 2013 12:55PM
why is this sad news? i think will smith has tricked everyone to think will smith is a decent actor.  the truth is he lacks depth but EVERYONE has to love him. 
Jun 25, 2013 1:35PM
He already has more money than he and his family could ever spend in 3 or 4 lifetimes. Sounds as though he thinks he is really just greedy and just to big of a star to take less. IDIOT!!!!!
Jun 25, 2013 1:15PM
They should put Jamie Foxx in!  He would be a good replacement !! -Animime
Jun 25, 2013 3:08PM

All the original characters should return that didn't die in the first.  Boo hoo, Harry Conick Jr.

I loved him in it, as short lived as his part  was.

Jun 25, 2013 1:24PM

Gotta be kidding me.  I`m sure someone could write a decent script that does not involve Will Smith,besides  I find him ( as an actor ) a complete bore.


Jun 25, 2013 2:39PM
He's has to pay for that expensive lifestyle.  Time to start downsizing.
Jun 25, 2013 12:31PM
He is entertaining but not a very good actor who doesn't bring anything different to a movie. Chris Rock could do better.  
Jun 25, 2013 6:46PM
He is not worth what he is asking for and neither are his kids or his wife.  They are sooooooo full of themselves and just not worth it.  Give me Denzel ANY DAY.  He can act and unfortunately Will and his "clan" can't.
Jun 25, 2013 1:38PM
thank god for small mercies...he is probably the most egotistical worst actors ever EVER he single handedly destroys any project he is involved with and now we have to put up with his demon spawn arrgghh!!!!!!
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