Will Smith: 5 Awesome Performances And 5 That Sucked

Big Willy style.

Simon Gallagher

Executive Editor

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

With Suicide Squad set to begin filming as soon as someone sorts out the screenplay, Will Smith has a lot on his hands at the minute, and today sees the latest addition to his CV, in the shape of con caper Focus. Early buzz suggests it’s a mixed bag, but at least it offers an opportunity to see Smith and Suicide Squad co-star Margot Robbie on screen together.

Since first appearing on screens back in 1990 as The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, following his musical breakthrough, Smith hasn’t acted in as many films as an actor of his stature could have. He famously turned down roles he should probably regret like Superman And Django Unchained, though he also turned down The Matrix and it’s terrible sequels, so being restrained clearly isn’t all that bad.

But despite some smart decisions, Smith has also signed on to some seriously questionable films: for every Oscar-nominated turn like Ali, there’s something that nags insistently that he’s not quite as great an actor as he’s billed.

So with that in mind, here’s a comprehensive look at his best films alongside his five worst, proving that the man who will play Deadshot’s aim isn’t always true…