David Schwimmer turned down Will Smith’s role in Men In Black
‘Friends’ star David Schwimmer has revealed was originally offered the role of Will Smith in Men In Black but he turned it down. The 49-year-old actor said he declined the opportunity because it was just a simple case of bad timing and loyalty, reported Digital Spy. “At the time, Ross, was directing his first film and wanted to cast his entire theatre company, which was made up of his old friends. So, that was my goal... To bring everyone up with me, to give everyone a shot.
“And I did it. I shot my first film and the entire theatre company is in it. I told everyone in the theatre company, ‘You’re all cast, here are your roles, don’t take any other jobs for this six-week period,” he said. Then after a month before its production started he got a call from Men In Black and he rejected the offer. He explained, “These are my closest friends in the world, it’s their first shot at a movie, my first shot at directing. I can’t push (the film back) because I’ve gotta go back to work on ‘Friends’ in the fall.”