What Happened To Jaden Smith’s Hollywood Career?
While children of Hollywood stars often find it difficult to step out of the shadows cast by their famous parents, Jaden Smith has been doing everything in his power to make his very own mark.
The charismatic fashionisto was homeschooled by his actor parents, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, and followed in his father’s acting footsteps when the pair co-starred in the 2006 drama “The Pursuit of Happyness.”
That film made a ton of cash for Sony and pleased the majority of movie critics, but things didn’t really pan out too well in the long run.
As Smith grew from a boy to a young man, his relationship with the entertainment industry 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 the entertainment industry ever since. Here’s why it feels like Hollywood won’t cast Jaden Smith anymore.
After Earth was a total disaster
The aforementioned giant misstep was the notorious “After Earth.” The disastrous sci-fi blockbuster starring Will and Jaden Smith as father and son cost $130 million to make but only returned $60 million domestically.
This M. Night Shyamalan-directed mega-flop was torn to shreds by reviewers, only managing a rather embarrassing 11% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes.
“That was the most painful failure in my career,” Will 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.”
“‘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 the following year; the younger Smith was named worst actor, while his old man came out on top in the worst supporting actor category.