"Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night" returned with the NBA playoffs. But that doesn't mean the special installments are just about basketball. For the first installment this year, he chatted with Will Smith, who admitted he was a little disappointed with the box office performance of his latest movie, "After Earth."
“Here’s how I think about it Jimmy, let’s be honest. Three is the new one," Smith said, trying to put a spin on it.
He wasn't quite sure how to take it, saying, "It’s been almost, like, two decades since I had a movie that wasn’t number one!"
BuzzFeed said that Will Smith is to blame for the film's poor box office reception. "Smith not only produced and starred in the film, but he received a sole ‘Story by’ credit — he’s said he conceived 'After Earth' as a vehicle for him and his son while he was producing Jaden Smith’s surprise 2010 mega-hit 'The Karate Kid.'" Further, it was Smith who sought M. Night Shyamalan to direct.
The media has already begun to talk about how this might tarnish Will Smith's reputation. The LA Times wrote that his star has faded, attributing it to his break from summer blockbusters, and a four-year break from Hollywood completely. The Hollywood Reporter is interested to see if studios will think twice about banking on him after this. Maybe if he just sticks to making movies for his own career rather than trying to nurse his son into a superstar at his own expense.
Will Smith can be seen in "After Earth," in theaters nationwide now. "Jimmy Kimmel Live" airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC, with special "Game Night" editions before NBA playoff games.