Why Hollywood will never cast Jayden Smith Again
Jaden Smith once seemed to be a promising actor, but something happened along his road to fame to cause him to disappear from the spotlight. While children of Hollywood stars often find it difficult to step out of the shadows cast by their famous folks, Jaden has been doing everything in his power to create his very own shadow since the moment he was old enough to perform. The charismatic fashionisto and his younger sister, Willow, were both homeschooled by their actor parents Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, who promoted total freedom of expression (probably a little too much freedom, his dad Will later admitted) and encouraged their kids to find their inner artists. Jaden would later follow in his father’s acting footsteps after the pair starred alongside one another in 2006 biographical drama The Pursuit of Happyness, making a ton of cash for Sony and pleasing the majority of movie critics. But things didn’t really go too well in the long run from then
As Jaden grew from a young boy to a young man, his relationship with Hollywood began to sour. The early box office promise he’d shown (2010’s Karate Kid remake also made a killing) all but vanished with one giant misstep in 2013, and the actor/rapper/philosopher has been distancing himself from Hollywood ever since.
AFTER EARTH FLOP 2013
The aforementioned giant misstep was, of course,was the notorious After Earth (2013). Even if you’ve never seen it, chances are you’ve heard of it — the disastrous sci-fi Big budget movie starring Will and Jaden Smith as father and son that cost $130 million to make but only returned an unbelievable $60 million domestically. The M. Night Shyamalan-directed mega-flop was torn to shreds in the reviews, only managing a rather embarrassing 11 percent Critic Score on Rotten Tomatoes.
“That was the most painful failure in my career,” Will Smith said about the much-maligned movie during an interview with Esquire, revealing that it stung much worse than his infamous bomb from 1999, Wild Wild West. ” look Wild Wild West was less painful than After Earth because my son was involved in After Earth, and I led him into it,” he explained. “That was excruciating.” Both Will and Jaden were popular at the Razzies (A spoof of the Oscars for Terrible movies) the following year; the younger Smith was named Worst Actor while his old man came out on top in the Worst Supporting Actor category
HE WAS BEING MOCKED BY TOP MOVIE EXECs
in 2014 some mails between Top Movie executives from Sony were hacked and leaked.
Most of the headlines were about Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio (just two of the many high profile stars that Sony execs had been bashing in private), but Will Smith’s kids also came up in conversation. According to Us Weekly, TriStar executive Tom Rothman emailed former Sony head Amy Pascal a link to an interview that the Smith children did with T magazine, along with the message, “1. Read this, 2. they are home schooled: don’t let this family date your movies!!!”
In the bizarre interview, Jaden came out with some stuff that made him a target of ridicule both in Hollywood and online.He had said “Your mind has a duality to it, so when one thought goes into your mind, it’s not just one thought, it has to bounce off both hemispheres of the brain,” he said, for example. “When you’re thinking about something happy, you’re thinking about something sad. When you think about an apple, you also think about the opposite of an apple.” Nobody could really understand that and wondered what he was smoking..
HE COMES OFF AS A LITTLE CRAZY TO PEOPLE IN HOLLYWOOD
If you thought the whole “opposite of an apple” thing made Jaden sound a little crazy, that was just the tip of the iceberg. The confident youngster went on to brag about his grasp of time in the now-infamous 2014 T magazine interview, claiming he had the ability to manipulate it. “It’s proven that how time moves for you depends on where you are in the universe,” he said. “It’s relative to beings and other places. But on the level of being here on earth, if you are aware in a moment, one second can last a year. And if you are unaware, your whole childhood, your whole life can pass by in six seconds.”
You could forgive the then-16-year-old for maybe getting a little excited on this one occasion, but this wasn’t an isolated incident. Jaden gave a number of unconventional interviews over the next few years, each one as baffling as the last. In 2015, he told GQ that he had built his own pyramid from scratch. “The tip is missing, but the whole structural thing is built, and it sits at 12.5 feet tall,” he said. “I’ll Instagram a picture of it once this comes out, so people know what I’m talking about.” The following year, Jaden told Pharrell Williams that “nothing is real” during their chat for Interview magazine. Nothing is real?
HE BEGAN TO HAVE A WEIRD FIXATION FOR SCIENCE THAN ACTING
After the crushing disappointment that was After Earth With his dad, Jaden Smith’s movie career seemed to be over before it had really even begun. It would be three years before he acted again, and his return in the 2016 TV movie Brothers in Atlanta was hardly met with fanfare. But why did he wait so long to come back? Well, in his time away, Jaden and his sister became more interested in the pursuit of scientific knowledge than they were in making movies, as he explained to GQ.
“Me and Willow are scientists,” he said. “So everything for us is a scientific test upon humanity.” Jaden revealed that he and his sibling had started an initiative called Mystery School, inspired by the selective systems of education employed in ancient Egypt and Greece. “Plato, Pythagoras, all these students had mystery schools. And what they learned in there was sacred. Like, you couldn’t say the word ‘dodecahedron’, which is just a shape, outside of one of the mystery schools or they would, like, kill you or whatever. Because it was such a sacred shape.”
The celeb even went as far as comparing himself to scientific pioneer Galileo. “People think you’re crazy — I feel like it’s an honor, actually, for people to think I’m crazy. Because they thought Galileo was crazy, too, you know what I’m saying? I don’t think I’m as revolutionary as Galileo, but I don’t think I’m not as revolutionary as Galileo.”
QUESTIONABLE ACTING SKILLS
If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Jaden Smith so far, it’s that he clearly thinks very highly of himself. He once referred to himself as “the future of music, photography and filmmaking” in a tweet, a claim that angered a number of journalists in these fields. Writing for the New York Post, Kyle Smith was one of the many commentators who pulled Jaden up on his inflated ego. “Whoa, kid — why not worry about walking the dog and taking your SATs before you do all that?” he said. “Jaden’s primary activity these days seems to be trying to be the black Boy George, minus the talent.”
It wasn’t the first time a journalist had suggested that Jaden was all talk and no talent. In fact, the majority of the reviews for After Earth seemed to flag his poor acting skills as a major contributor for the sci-fi flick’s downfall. “Jaden, though agile and skillful, isn’t a charismatic actor; he doesn’t put a lot of personality into the part, and he doesn’t have a deft way with the dialogue,” The New Yorker wrote. Cinemixtape was similarly critical of the young star’s performance, predicting that he simply wasn’t good enough for Hollywood: “Jaden would do well to bottle some of his dad’s charisma for his next go-round. If he wants a career in film, he’ll need to do better than this.”
So Despite Movie star looks and a heavily connected Father it doesn’t seem like we will be seeing Jayden in the big screen any time soon, Hollywood is an unforgiving arena. One slip and you are done…unless a drastic change in fortunes occurs. However he seems not to be doing too bad Musically. His “Icon” track made significant waves on Billboard. Can he perhaps find better luck in the Musical genre? Time will tell.