At one point, it looked like Jaden Smith was set to outdo his father, Will Smith, and become known for more than being the Fresh Prince of Bel-Aire’s son.
He made waves in Hollywood with his touching performance in The Pursuit of Happiness, where he starred alongside his father.
Many people thought that Jaden had a bright future ahead of him in the world of acting, but after a number of flopped films and project, it looks like Jaden Smith has been dropped from Hollywood.
1. After Earth was a flop
After Earth, 2013, was set to be a major blockbuster, instead, it became the biggest movie flop of that year.
The sci-fi movie starred Will and Jaden Smith as father and son and the film cost $130 million to make.
Sadly for the minds behind the film, it only returned $60 million domestically.
Jaden’s dad, Will Smith openly talked about the sting of the movie’s failing.
“That was the most painful failure in my career.
“Wild Wild West was less painful than After Earth because my son was involved in After Earth, and I led him into it. That was excruciating.”
2. Mocked by Sony execs
Back in 2014, a bunch of Sony emails was leaked to the public.
The emails mainly focused on execs bashing major Hollywood celebs like Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio.
But Will Smith’s kids were also mentioned in the emails.
According to the leaks, TriStar executive Tom Rothman emailed former Sony head Amy Pascal a link to an interview that the Smith children did with T magazine, the email included this message:
“1. Read this, 2. they r home schooled: don’t let this family date your movies!!!”
But to be fair to the Sony execs, that interview was very weird.
Here are just a few of the things Jaden said in the interview that made him a topic of conversation around the world.
“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.
“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.”
3. He comes across pretty weird
Jaden is known for sounding little crazy, but his ‘opposite of an apple’ interview was just the tip of the iceberg.
The confident star went on to brag about his grasp of time in a 2014 T magazine interview.
“It’s proven that how time moves for you depends on where you are in the universe.
“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.”
4. His acting ability is called into question
If there’s one thing we know for certain about Jaden Smith, it’s that he has a high opinion of himself.
On Twitter, he once referred to himself as “the future of music, photography, and filmmaking”.
It was a claim that angered a number of journalists. New York Post writer, Kyle Smith was one of the many people who pulled Jaden up on his overinflated sense of self.
“Whoa, kid — why not worry about walking the dog and taking your SATs before you do all that?
“Jaden’s primary activity these days seems to be trying to be the black Boy George, minus the talent.”
In fact, a lot of the negative After Earth reviews focused on Jaden’s poor acting ability.
The New Yorker wrote:
“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.
“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.”
5. L.A. doesn’t ‘support’ him
After flunking his driver’s test in 2017, Jaden took to Instagram to share his disappointment.
But his thoughts on failing his drivers test quickly turned away from driving and towards life in Hollywood.
Jaden revealed that his own heart wasn’t in Los Angeles anymore.
The star confirmed:
“I’m about to move out of L.A..
“There’s a lot of bad things here. Create the life that you want for yourself. Don’t try to be somebody else. It’s hard these days to really create the life you want for yourself because there’s nobody really here that’s like supporting the youth or the youth’s creativity and the things that we want to do and how they want to live life.”
So Jaden moved out of his parent’s mansion and into the quiet gated community of Hidden Hills, California.
But according to neighbors, the quiet neighborhood stopped being so quiet after Jaden moved in.
“This was a quiet neighborhood, but Jaden and his entourage are turning it into their own personal kingdom.
“He has a sense of entitlement, bravado. He doesn’t care if security reprimands him or gives him a warning, he just continues to do whatever he pleases.”
6. He wants to be a K-Pop star
In 2016m Jaden announced to his followers that wanted to become a K-Pop star.
“I’m Serious I Actually Wanna Be A K Pop Star,” he wrote on Twitter.
Everything seemed set, and Jaden even confirmed that he would be dropping a K-pop single, but the track never materialized, and Jaden quickly went on to do something else instead.
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