“This is one of those stories that I’m not proud of, but it’s the truth,” the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum began a 2019 YouTube confessional explaining his royally bad decision to turn down the role of Neo. Smith, 52, stated that the filmmakers behind the 1999 sci-fi hit did a poor job pitching him the project. “It turns out, they’re geniuses,” he admitted, adding that Keanu Reeves, who ultimately got the part, was “perfect.”

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