Will Smith’s Combined Salary From ‘Men in Black’ Film Series Will Surprise You

Published 08/18/2023, 4:16 PM EDT

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Will Smith is a Hollywood icon. Perhaps one of the most celebrated actors in the industry, Smith’s legacy is not unknown to the fans. In today’s time, it is almost impossible to find someone who has not watched a single Will Smith film or TV show. For over three decades in the film industry, the Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air has been one of the leading actors. While the actor has starred in numerous successful projects, Men In Black is a class on its own.

Before starring in the film, Smith was already a renowned actor, but MIB took his stardom to a whole new level. The film was a huge success both critically and commercially. And Smith’s paycheck for the three installments of MIB will surely surprise you.

How much did Will Smith earn for all three Men In Black films?

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Will Smith is one of the most bankable actors in the industry today, and the actor earned the highest amount of money for the Men In Black series. As per reports by Screen Rant, for his portrayal of Agent J in all three installments of the film, Smith pocketed a whopping $170 million. However, the actor’s paycheck per film saw a vast difference.

For the first Men In Black film that premiered back in 1997, the King Richard actor earned only $5 million. Following that, in the movie’s sequel, Smith’s paycheck was nearly four times the first one. For Men In Black 2, the studio paid Smith $20 million for playing Agent J.

With the third installment of the movie, Smith bagged his first paycheck worth $100 million. For his performance in Men In Black 3the actor reportedly earned $100 million.

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Despite being one of his most successful roles, do you know Will Smith almost rejected the role of Agent J?

Why did the actor almost turn down his role in Men In Black?

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The legacy of Will Smith as Agent J is known to all. The actor’s performance in the Men In Black film series was flawless, and his portrayal of Agent J played a huge role in popularizing the film. However, as surprising as it sounds, the actor revealed he did not want to play the character.

During his recent appearance on Kevin Hart’s show, the I Am Legend actor made a shocking revelation about some of his biggest films. The actor revealed that he did understand Men In Black, but the actor did not want to do the film. He added, “I didn’t want to make two alien movies back to back,” since he had already starred in Independence Day, for which he was not the first choice, prior to it.

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Could any actor play the character any better? Comment down below.

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